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A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on the Integration of Safety in University Nursing, Education, and Engineering Curricula

School of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(7), 1429;
Received: 1 June 2018 / Revised: 26 June 2018 / Accepted: 4 July 2018 / Published: 6 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Occupational Safety and Health)
Improvement in workplace safety is dependent upon the active engagement of workforce leaders and designers. The university sector plays a key role in the education of these future leaders, and there is an expectation that safety education in universities will encompass more than just a safe learning environment—that is the nurturing of broader safety attitudes and awareness. However, with the exception of dedicated safety training programs, safety education is often delivered and assessed on an ad-hoc basis and at academic discretion. This is partly due to the absence of a simple tool with which curricula can be evaluated from a safety perspective. In a qualitative approach, semi-structured interviews were undertaken with multiple stakeholders (academics, professional organizations, and students) to determine their views on existing safety content in university curricula and on the level of preparedness, from a safety perspective, for workforce entry. University participants came from nursing, mechanical engineering, and education schools at three universities. A simple curriculum evaluative tool was also validated. Results indicated there were divergent views on the level of preparedness for workforce entry both between schools and stakeholder groups. However, the limitations of university curricula were acknowledged. The evaluation tool was shown to provide positive feedback on existing, but previously unacknowledged, safety content and also highlighted areas for future improvement and integration. However, voluntary utilization of the tool was a challenge for busy academics. View Full-Text
Keywords: safety; university curricula; education safety; university curricula; education
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Rothmore, P.; Saniotis, A.; Pisaniello, D. A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on the Integration of Safety in University Nursing, Education, and Engineering Curricula. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1429.

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