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The role of the link teacher in the context of nurse education

The issue of whether nursing theory can influence clinical practice has been widely debated in the UK (Humphreys et al, 2000; Newton and Smith, 1998; UKCC, 1986). The role of the link teacher in nurse education was introduced to help facilitate a link between theory and practice in the clinical setting (Crotty, 1993). An effective clinical environment is viewed as highly beneficial in the promotion of this vital association (Saarikoski and Leino-Kilpi, 2002).

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