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Koskenranta, M., Kuivila, H., Männistö, M., Kääriäinen, M., & Mikkonen, K. (2022). Collegiality among social- and health care educators in higher education or vocational institutions: A mixed-method systematic review. Nurse Education Today, 114, 105389.

Collegiality among social- and health care educators in higher education or vocational institutions :a mixed-method systematic review

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Author: Koskenranta, Miro1; Kuivila, Heli1; Männistö, Merja2;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Health Care and Nursing, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland
3Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4The Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care, A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-10-12


Background: Social- and health care educators collaborate on national and international levels; this collaboration is intrinsically related to collegiality, a concept which has only been scarcely studied among social- and health care educators.

Background/Objectives: To identify the best evidence on social- and health care educators’ experiences of collegiality and factors influencing it in educational institutions.

Design: A mixed-methods systematic review.

Data sources: Keywords were defined according to PICo and PEO inclusion and exclusion criteria. A search was performed across five databases (CINAHL, PubMed, Medic, Scopus, and ProQuest) for articles published in Finnish and/or English.

Review methods: During the screening process, three researchers separately screened original studies by title and abstract (n = 806), and subsequently, based on the full-text (n = 40). The JBI Qualitative Assessment Research Instrument was used to evaluate qualitative studies, while the Critical Appraisal Checklist for Analytical Cross-sectional Studies was used to evaluate quantitative studies.

Results: The systematic review included a total of 15 articles. Collegiality among social- and health care educators was described through united and safe work culture, along with the dissemination of relevant expertise. The benefits of mentoring, communication on national and international levels, and collaboration are all issues that affect an educator’s work. In the context of social- and health care educators, collegiality does not only include the interactions between the educators, but also involves their mentors and supervisors. Mentoring and collaboration between educational institutions were found to be associated with collegiality.

Conclusions: Collegiality among educators can be maintained through networking, collaboration, mentoring, mutual communication and the consideration of professional ethical issues. It would be important for educational organisations to pay attention to collegiality and encourage educators to collaborate with their colleagues. It is important to emphasise the role of collegiality in the education of new social- and health care teacher candidates and the continuing education of current educators.

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Series: Nurse education today
ISSN: 0260-6917
ISSN-E: 1532-2793
ISSN-L: 0260-6917
Volume: 114
Article number: 105389
DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105389
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Dataset Reference: Supplementary data to this article can be found online at https://doi. org/10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105389.
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