Implementing civic engagement placements for nursing students in community organisations: a pilot project


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Non-clinical placements for nursing students may be beneficial in preparing students for providing care in integrated environments, supporting a focus on health promotion and increasing placement capacity. This article discusses the benefits and challenges of implementing the Clinical Placement Expansion Programme (CPEP) using a long-arm supervision model. Non-clinical practice learning opportunities were developed in partnership with local community organisations, in a spirit of civic engagement. As a result of these placements, nursing students developed their understanding of health inequalities, vulnerable populations and the effects of asset-based community development, while contributing positively to the activities of the organisation through involvement in well-being initiatives. The placements also improved students’ well-being, enhanced their knowledge of services and enabled them to experience alternative leadership models. To implement a civic engagement strategy for future healthcare professionals, further research is necessary to develop a sustainable framework for non-clinical placements. Additionally, universities will need to expand civic partnerships to affirm their role as anchor institutions for health in the community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
JournalPrimary Health Care
Early online date4 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2023


  • career pathways
  • clinical
  • clinical placements
  • education
  • health promotion
  • practice learning
  • professional
  • public health
  • students


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