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Learning, professional development, and decision making in clinical settings

This is not a single project but an area of research that includes studies of formal and informal learning, the learning environment, and decision making in clinical settings.

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Objectives

The aim of research efforts within this area is to explore a variety of structural conditions, processes and outcomes that contribute to characteristics of competence, factors that influence professional development in education and practice, and relationships that maintain, strengthen or weaken competence.

Background

This is a large field of research that draws on many theoretical perspectives from learning theory, decision making, informal and incidental learning, and collaboration in communities of practice.

 Sub-projects

  • Formal and informal learning among nurses in hospital settings. Methods: Field study and interviews.
  • The learning environment for nursing students in clinical placements in nursing homes, home care and mental health care. Method: Survey. Project leader Ida Torunn Bjørk. Financing: Lovisenberg Diaconal College and Norwegian Nurses Association. Start 2008.
  • Decision making in pain treatment and sedation with intensive care patients: an implementation study. Methods: Observation, survey, focus group interview. This is a doctoral study with doctoral student Hilde Wøien. Advisory team: Ida Torunn Bjørk, Audun Stubhaug. Financing: Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet and Norwegian Nurses Association. Start 2007.
  • Best practice in the oxygenation of premature infants: an action research study. Methods: Document analysis, focus group interviews. This is a doctoral study with doctoral student Marianne T. Solberg. Advisory team: Ida Torunn Bjørk, Thor Willy Ruud Hansen. Financing: Lovisenberg Diaconal College. Start 2011.

Cooperation

The researchers collaborating in the sub-projects are located at Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet, Buskerud University College, Lovisenberg Diaconal College and Telemark University College.

Start - Finish

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Published May 16, 2011 11:27 AM - Last modified June 24, 2014 1:51 PM

Contact

Project leader

Ida Torunn Bjørk.