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H. lita, U. Alberts, A. Van Dyk, L F Small
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 7, No 2 | a641 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v7i2.641 | © 2002 H. lita, U. Alberts, A. Van Dyk, L F Small | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 November 2002 | Published: 30 November 2002

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H. lita, Lecturer. Departement of Nursing. University Of Namibia, Namibia
U. Alberts, Senior lecturer, Department of Advanced Nursing SCience, University Of South Africa, South Africa
A. Van Dyk, Dean: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University Of Namibia, Namibia
L F Small, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing, University Of Namibia, Namibia

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T he researcher, being a nursing lecturer, questioned the method of selection of learning opportunities for student nurses in two training hospitals in the Northern part of Namibia.

The study therefore focused on the following objective: To identify the factors that influence the selection of learning opportunities for primary health care in hospital units. A qualitative research design utilising focus group discussions were used. The population consisted of conveniently selected lecturers, student nurses and registered nurses. The same initial question was asked in each focus group to initiate the discussions. The data were analysed according to Tesch's method.

The results indicated that there is positive commitment from the lecturers and registered nurses to be involved in selecting appropriate learning opportunities. The student nurses also demonstrated a willingness to learn and to be exposed to learning opportunities in primary health care. There were however certain constraints that emerged as themes, namely:
• Managerial constraints • Educational constraints
Under the theme "managerial constraints" categories such as workload, nursing staff shortages and communication problems were identified. Under the theme "educational constraints" categories such as a lack of guidance, and the correlation of theory and practice emerged.

Recommendations based on this research report include improvement of in-service education on managerial and educational aspects to facilitate the primary health care approach in hospitals.


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