Presentation Title

The Lived Experience of Exemplary Physical Therapist Students in Clinical Education: A Phenomenological Study

Speaker Credentials

Associate Professor

Speaker Credentials

Ph.D.

College

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, PT

Location

Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida, USA

Format

Poster

Start Date

21-2-2020 8:30 AM

End Date

21-2-2020 4:00 PM

Abstract

Background and Objective: The academic community has made it priority to determine best practice in the clinical education (CE) of physical therapist (PT) students. The perspective of various stakeholders has been considered in the profession’s pursuit of excellence, however, the student, a critical stakeholder, has not been given the opportunity to be heard. To date, no literature has explored the experience of PT students who demonstrate excellence. This study aimed to understand the lived experience of the exemplary PT student in CE. Methods. Phenomenological methodology was used. 26 students from the US in their terminal clinical experience or within six months of graduation were recruited. Data was collected via one-on-one semi-structured interviews and analyzed using constant comparison. The trustworthiness of the findings was supported using peer reviewing, thick description, and member checking. Results. One overarching (A desire to serve) and nine themes emerged. The nine themes include: 1. Being empathetic, 2. Being adaptable, 3. Being receptive to and seeking feedback, 4. Being reflective in clinical practice, 5. Using the past experiences to inform current performance, 6. Embracing challenges and seeking opportunities, 7. Engaging in a collaborative relationship with their CI, 8. Being skilled at self-care, and 9. Coming into my own as a PT. Conclusion. This study’s findings echo that of contemporary research related to being internally motivated, having a growth mindset, and being resilient. The results can be used to inform admissions, student preparation for clinical practice, and professional development training in professional physical therapy programs.

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The Lived Experience of Exemplary Physical Therapist Students in Clinical Education: A Phenomenological Study

Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida, USA

Background and Objective: The academic community has made it priority to determine best practice in the clinical education (CE) of physical therapist (PT) students. The perspective of various stakeholders has been considered in the profession’s pursuit of excellence, however, the student, a critical stakeholder, has not been given the opportunity to be heard. To date, no literature has explored the experience of PT students who demonstrate excellence. This study aimed to understand the lived experience of the exemplary PT student in CE. Methods. Phenomenological methodology was used. 26 students from the US in their terminal clinical experience or within six months of graduation were recruited. Data was collected via one-on-one semi-structured interviews and analyzed using constant comparison. The trustworthiness of the findings was supported using peer reviewing, thick description, and member checking. Results. One overarching (A desire to serve) and nine themes emerged. The nine themes include: 1. Being empathetic, 2. Being adaptable, 3. Being receptive to and seeking feedback, 4. Being reflective in clinical practice, 5. Using the past experiences to inform current performance, 6. Embracing challenges and seeking opportunities, 7. Engaging in a collaborative relationship with their CI, 8. Being skilled at self-care, and 9. Coming into my own as a PT. Conclusion. This study’s findings echo that of contemporary research related to being internally motivated, having a growth mindset, and being resilient. The results can be used to inform admissions, student preparation for clinical practice, and professional development training in professional physical therapy programs.