Publications by authors named "Sue Fergy"

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Providing learning support to nursing students: a study of two universities.

Nurse Educ Pract 2013 Mar 17;13(2):89-95. Epub 2012 Aug 17.

Kingston University/St George's University of London, 30 Beacon Crescent, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, United Kingdom.

In universities where significant numbers of nursing students come from non-traditional backgrounds, and where an equally significant proportion of students have English as a second language, provision of learning support is essential to ensure success and progression, and to prevent attrition. This paper presents an evaluative study of the support services provided to undergraduate nursing students in two universities in the United Kingdom (UK). Both universities have significant numbers of students from non-traditional backgrounds and who have English as a second language, and both institutions have in place a large array of student support mechanisms. The aims of the study were to identify all existing student support mechanisms across the two universities, to illuminate the profile of students who enter pre-registration programmes at the two universities (age, gender, educational background) and to measure the perceptions of students of the use and usefulness of the support mechanisms provided by their university. Survey method evaluative research was the chosen research approach. Findings showed that the support services that appear to have the greatest impact on student success in their nursing programme are the programme leaders/module teachers, small study skills groups (known as APPL and L2L) and, for the 50% of students who required it, academic literacy and numeracy support sessions. For students who have English as a second language and with non-traditional entry qualifications, numeracy and academic literacy support is particularly valued.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2012.07.011DOI Listing
March 2013

Support for practitioners switching work environments mid-career.

Nurs Manag (Harrow) 2011 Dec;18(8):26-9

Modernising Nursing Careers, NHS London.

Patterns of healthcare demand are changing, so services are increasingly being located in communities. Nurses and nurse managers must. therefore, prepare themselves for mid-career transitions into new roles or working environments. This article explains how these transitions can best be made and offers some tips for nurses and nurse managers who are about to make them, or who want to help colleagues make them, successfully.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/nm2011.12.18.8.26.c8842DOI Listing
December 2011

The impact of pre-entry study skills training programmes on students' first year experience in health and social care programmes.

Nurse Educ Pract 2008 Jan 18;8(1):20-30. Epub 2007 Apr 18.

School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St. George's, University of London, Grosvenor Wing, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, United Kingdom.

The Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences at Kingston University and St. George's, University of London has provided a pre-entry study skills course since July 2001. The course runs over one weekend and although short, is comprehensive. An evaluative research study, using case study methodology was undertaken to examine the impact of this pre-entry initiative on the first year student experience. Data were obtained through focus groups with students and semi-structured interviews with both students and staff. The findings show that the study skills weekend programmes prepare students realistically for their first year university experience. In addition, the evaluation helped to develop insight into the first year experience which have informed a number of academic initiatives.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2007.02.003DOI Listing
January 2008