A Qualitative Study Of Nursing Students' Experiences Of Clinical Practice Sharif

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Fatemeh Sharif 1 , *

1 Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

How to Cite: Sharif F. A Qualitative Study Of Nursing Students' Experiences Of Clinical Practice Sharif, J Med Edu. 2005 ; 7(1):e105171. doi: 10.22037/jme.v7i1.845.

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Journal of Medical Education: 7 (1); e105171
Published Online: May 11, 2005
Article Type: Research Article
Received: March 11, 2005
Accepted: May 11, 2005
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Abstract

Background: Nursing student' experiences of their clinical practice provide greater insight to develop an effective clinical teaching strategy in nursing education.Purpose: To investigate  nurses' experience of their clinical practice.Methods: Focus groups were used to obtain students' opinion about and experiences of their clinical practice. Ninety baccalaureate nursing students at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery)  were selected  randomly from two hundred students and were arranged in 9 groups often students. Qualitative data analysis approaches were used to code, categorize and analyze focus group data.Results:  Four themes emerged from the focus group data. From the students' point of view, initial clinical anxiety", "theory- practice  gap", "clinical supervision", and  "professional  role" were considered as important factors in clinical experience.Conclusion: The result of this study showed that nursing students were not satisfied with the clinical component of their education. They experienced  anxiety as a result of feeling incompetent and lacking professional nursing skills and knowledge to take care of various patients in the clinical setting.

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