Study Produces Potential New Nursing Teaching Model
A thesis titled: “Developing a Clinical Education Model for the Integration of Theory and Practice in Swaziland”, secured Dr Colile Dlamini a PhD in Nursing.
Dlamini worked with nursing education stakeholders to develop a Middle Range Theory for facilitating Clinical Nursing education in Swaziland. ‘The model frames how we can collaboratively manage clinical education and facilitate learning to produce competent nurse graduates,’ said Dlamini.
She says her research is the result of the theory-practice gap that exists in nursing education in Swaziland and from the lack of an informative framework to guide clinical facilitation and supervision. ‘I hope that after testing and possible adoption of this model, graduate competencies will be improved for better patient outcomes and health system improvement.’
According to Dlamini, her study is beneficial to nursing education and practice in Swaziland and perhaps also for a wider area. Having used a collaborative approach increased stakeholder buy in and the probability of them adopting the academic model.
‘The only clinical education model developed in sub-Saharan Africa was done in South Africa by Fundisa, however, the methodology used is different. In this study, I used Grounded Theory Methods within an Action Research design to develop this model, an approach that has never been done in Africa, and I have not come across any similar study in nursing internationally.’
She thanked her supervisor Professor Ntombifikile G Mtshali. ‘The work was challenging, especially with so little literature available on Grounded Action Research, so Prof Mtshali played a major role in my success.’
A lecturer at the University of Swaziland, Dlamini is currently seeking funds to test her model. ‘I’m also developing clinical education guidelines, which emerged as a spinoff from the project.’
A mother-of-two, Dlamini enjoys spending time with her family who have been very supportive during her studies.