Organisational Culture and Learning: a Case Study Elaine Bell ⁎ Women and Children's Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Business and Management
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Nurse Education Today 33 (2013) 1337–1341
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Organisational culture and learning: A case study
Elaine Bell ⁎
Women and Children's Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Objectives: To explore the impact organisational cultures have on the learning experience of student nurses and identify the inﬂuencing factors. Methods: A case study approach was used. The single case being a Defence School of Health Care Studies (DSHCS) and the multiple units of analysis: student nurses, the lecturers and Student Standing Orders. An in depth three dimensional picture was achieved using multiple data collection methods: interview, survey, observation and document analysis. Findings: The ﬁndings suggest that the DSHCS is perceived to be a sub-culture within a dominant civilian learning culture. Generally, the students and staff believed that the DSHCS is an excellent learning environment and that the defence students overall are high achievers. The common themes that appeared from the data were image, ethos, environment, discipline, support, welfare and a civilian versus military way of thinking. Conclusion: The learning experience of defence student nurses is very positive and enhanced by the positive learning culture of the civilian Higher Educational Institution. The factors inﬂuencing a positive learning experience that can be impacted by the overarching culture are discipline, image, ethos of adult learning, support and welfare. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Article history: Accepted 19 February 2013 Keywords: Learning Student Nurses Culture
Introduction The Defence School of Health Care Studies (DSHCS) sits within a large civilian institution and the education offered is fully integrated...