School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
Studies in Human Society
Dr Sandra Walker, Dr Lisa Wirihana
Masters by Research

Research Details

Thesis Name

Speaking Up for patient safety: graded assertiveness models, education and practice in nursing

Thesis Abstract

Patient safety and awareness in healthcare are a priority for the health industry. This research explores the use of graded assertiveness by nursing students to speak up for patient safety in the clinical setting. Understanding how nursing students construct the use of graded assertiveness models from their own experience is essential.

Why my research is important/Impacts

By exploring the lived experiences of nursing students and their construction of graded assertiveness from their education, practice, and use in the clinical setting through work-integrated learning (WIL) is important for academics. The benefits of comparing graded assertiveness models used in both nursing education and the healthcare industry support the promotion of a culture of safety for patients. In addition, allowing for authentic learning experiences and opportunities for both RN and nursing students to have conversations facilitates the students continued learning in this complex but non-technical skill.