Learning Objective 1: Understand the challenges and benefits of collaborating across countries in the delivery of education and gain insight into how such initiatives can be evaluated.
Learning Objective 2: Understand longitudinal qualitative research, challenges of data collection in a foreign country and effects of a degree on Omani Nurses' professional development and clinical practice.
Methods: Data collection methods included focus groups and semi structured interviews conducted in Oman. Focus groups were undertaken with all students who had embarked on the programme. 10 students and their managers were randomly selected from each cohort making a total of 20 students and 20 nurse managers who took part in semi structured 6 months after the course had completed. Thematic analysis took place with the use of a template developed from the data.
Results: Nurses’ reasons for application included easy access to a degree in Oman; enhance career progression; knowledge and skill acquisition; self growth; attain a qualification and prepare for study at postgraduate level. Influence on professional development and clinical practice were increased personal confidence and self esteem; systematic critical thinking and improved communication; development of the evidence based practitioner able to appraise evidence and apply this to practice; a practitioner able to manage and lead others; career development and implementation of changes to improve patient care. Findings were supported by evidence from managers and nurses.
Conclusion: BSc education delivered by a UK University has developed evidence based practitioners able to implement changes in practice to improve care and has enhanced career prospects for nurses.
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