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Promoting effective teaching and learning in the clinical setting
NS345 Hand H (2006) Promoting effective teaching and learning in the clinical setting. Nursing Standard. 20, 39, 55-63. Date of acceptance: September 20 2005.

This article explores the nature of teaching and learning in the clinical area. Many of the issues that mentors encounter in promoting a good learning environment and undertaking effective teaching are discussed.

Demonstrate awareness of the role of teaching and learning within the context of the nursing profession. Examine the theories of how adults learn. Discuss the integration of theory to practice. Identify the characteristics of a good learning environment. Identify the qualities of a good teacher.

Helen Hand is lecturer, University of Sheffield, Sheffield. Email:

Education: methods; Learning; Mentoring; Teaching These keywords are based on the subject headings from the British Nursing Index. This article has been subject to double-blind review. For related articles and author guidelines visit our online archive at and search using the keywords.

The issue of good quality practice placement has been a focus of the Department of Health (DH) and professional bodies since 1999 when the DH launched the nursing strategy Making a Difference (DH 1999). This strategy proposed a new model of nurse education and a stronger role for the NHS in the management of preregistration nurse education. It also stressed the importance of practice placements in the education of health professionals as part of the DH’s plan to modernise the NHS. The strategy emphasised that placements...