Volume No. :   1

Issue No. :  1

Year :  2011

ISSN Print :  2347-8632

ISSN Online :  2454-2652


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Nursing Students Perspectives of an Effective Clinical Learning Environment – A Qualitative Study



Address:   Mrs. Devakirubai E., Dr. Mrs. Juliet Sylvia, Ms. Lynn Antoinette Bentick
Professors in Nursing, Sacred Heart Nursing College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
IV year B.Sc (N) Student, Sacred Heart Nursing College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
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ABSTRACT:
Background: All nurse educators unanimously agree that clinical competence is essential to fulfil the role of a professional nurse. Nursing student’s perspectives on their clinical experience would provide greater insight in promoting a positive clinical learning environment. So the current aimed to explore the perspectives of nursing students regarding effective clinical learning environment. Methods: Three focus group interviews were conducted among 15 students who were selected purposely from second, third and fourth year Nursing students. A qualitative data analysis technique was followed to arrive at the final themes. Results: Six themes emerged from the qualitative analysis and they were ‘inadequate clinical facilities’, ‘ anxiety towards clinical experience’, ‘attitude of nursing staff towards students learning’, ‘theory-practice gap’, ‘lack of mentors’ and ‘professional role ambiguity’ which hindered their effective clinical learning. Conclusion: The study finding highlights the obstacles encountered by the students in clinical areas. This necessitates the nurse educators to re-examine and to use innovative clinical teaching strategies to promote an effective learning environment.
KEYWORDS:
Effective clinical learning environment, Nursing Students , Perspectives)
Cite:
Devakirubai E., Juliet Sylvia, Lynn Antoinette Bentick. Nursing Students Perspectives of an Effective Clinical Learning Environment – A Qualitative Study. Int. J. Adv. Nur. Management 1(1): Oct.- Dec., 2013; Page 18-21.
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