Influence of life experience on undergraduate paramedic students’ placement

Life experience has long been considered a vital aspect of paramedicine and paramedic education (Cooper, 2005). This has become more relevant in the past few years with the advent of widespread higher education institute (HEI) undergraduate paramedic programmes nationally. This qualitative research, using semi-structured interviews and a focus group, aims to explore relationships between the prior life experience and placement engagement of first–year paramedic students. Findings highlighted the multi-faceted nature of engagement in placement and emphasised the need for provision of quality clinical placements and suitably qualified/experienced mentors. This ensures support and understanding can be provided on an individual basis to students.

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