$5,000 Funding category
|Lead Investigator||Project Members||Title||Abstract|
|Olivia Gallagher||Fiona Foxall, Gemma Doleman, Rebecca Scriven, Sara Moore||Embedding a nursing employability framework and technology enhanced WIL to develop nursing graduate employability|
Nurse graduate employment has been declining in recent years due to a Department of Health freeze on employment of registered nurses. This has made the graduate program application process extremely competitive (The West Australian, 25 March 2019). Anecdotally, the majority of ECU nursing graduates who apply for graduate programs are called for interview upon application; however, following the interview process, the most are unsuccessful in securing a place. This issue identifies a greater need for the School of Nursing & Midwifery (SNM) to not only prepare career ready graduates, but to further assist nursing students to develop their employability skills in preparation for the application and interview process. The SNM seeks to support an increase in graduate employment to align with State levels.
This project seeks to enhance implementation of a nursing employability framework throughout the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) curriculum to embed the teaching and learning of employability skills. Further, PebblePad will promote technology enhanced integration of WIL assessment with the development of employability skills. The PebblePad application will build upon the established PebblePad e-portfolio to capture WIL assessment and evidence of nursing practice performance. Functionality will be built in to facilitate students’ compilation and presentation of evidence against the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice. This project will see an embedded coursewide program of education delivered to students to prepare them for the employability challenges they face and are required to manage in their final year of study.