Paramedic students working in snow resort medical clinics: a non-traditional interprofessional clinical placement model

Irish Journal of Paramedicine

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Title Paramedic students working in snow resort medical clinics: a non-traditional interprofessional clinical placement model
Creator Devenish, Anthony Scott
McKay, Glenn
Long, David Nicholas
Horrocks, Peter David
Smith, Michael
Subject Paramedic Science; Alpine Medicine
alpine; interprofessional; paramedic; placement; qualitative; student
Description This study investigates the experiences of undergraduate paramedic students completing interprofessional clinical placements in snow sport injury clinics. Qualitative methods were used to investigate the experiences of participants (n=6) undertaking  non-traditional ambulance clinical placements as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.  Ethical approval was obtained through Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia. Data were collected via individual face-to-face interviews and analysed using holistic and focused coding. The analysed results indicated the presence of three main categories, namely Pre-Placement, Intra-Placement and Post-Placement phases. As it was a new placement, student capabilities were not initially known by clinic staff. Nevertheless the workplace culture was inclusive and supportive, and paramedic skills were applicable in the clinic environment.  Despite the placement costs being excessive, participants viewed it as an investment in their future careers. Benefits of the placement included perceived improvement in maturity levels, the acquisition of professional networks, an understanding of interprofessional practice and an exposure to clinical skills not normally practiced during traditional ambulance placements. The interprofessional clinical placement appears to be a valid alternative to traditional ambulance placements. However, using this model to replace mainstream placements is problematic due to the costs involved, the limited number of spots available and the seasonal occurrence of snow sports. 
Publisher Irish College of Paramedics
Date 2019-02-20
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Original Research
qualitative research
Format application/pdf
Source Irish Journal of Paramedicine; Vol 4, No 1 (2019)
Language eng

Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Anthony Scott Devenish, Glenn McKay, David Nicholas Long, Peter David Horrocks, Michael Smith

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