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Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Students: Perceptions of Success  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Although there are a number of anecdotal reports on demographic characteristics and academic success of accelerated nursing students, few empirical studies have been undertaken to examine these students' success, despite this type of programs' existence for more than a decade, and only three studies have sought to examine the perspective of the…

Blozen, Barbara B.



Accelerated versus traditional nursing students: a comparison of stress, critical thinking ability and performance  

Microsoft Academic Search

A high demand for graduate nurses and a dwindling pool of nursing school applicants have led several collegiate nursing programs to adopt innovative programs to increase the number of eligible applicants. One option is the development of accelerated nursing program. Because of the relative newness of these programs, the need to ascertain data about accelerated students and their success in

Fatma A. Youssef; Nancy Goodrich



An Examination of Accelerated and Basic Baccalaureate Nursing Students' Perceptions of Clinical Decision Making  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Developing decision-making skills is essential in education in order to be a competent nurse. The purpose of this study was to examine and compare the perceptions of clinical decision-making skills of students enrolled in accelerated and basic baccalaureate nursing programs. A comparative descriptive research design was used for this study.…

Krumwiede, Kelly A.



Nursing Students Assess Nursing Education  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study assessed the characteristics of nursing students currently enrolled in nursing education programs, how students finance their nursing edu- cation, their plans for clinical practice and graduate education, and the rewards and difficulties of being a nursing student. Data are from a survey adminis- tered to a national sample of 496 nursing students. The students relied on financial aid

Linda Norman; Peter I. Buerhaus; Karen Donelan; Barbara McCloskey; Robert Dittus



Transition to nursing practice of accelerated second-degree baccalaureate students using clinical coaches.  


Among the challenges currently facing nursing is the need for new graduates who are competent to begin providing complex patient care. Innovations in nursing education must lead to outcomes that bridge the gap between nursing education and the beginning competencies that employers need in newly hired graduates. One method for preparing students for patient care is the clinical coach model. This model involves placing a student nurse with an experienced, baccalaureate-prepared staff nurse for 12 months of clinical experience. The student works the same schedule as the coach rather than with a series of preceptors on different units. Coaches attend training conducted by school of nursing faculty, using high-fidelity simulation with clinical scenarios. Coaches and students are supported through weekly visits by clinical faculty. This model of clinical education is one method that provides innovation for clinical nursing education and a foundation for further research. PMID:23458079

Bridges, Ruth Ann; Holden-Huchton, Patricia; Armstrong, Myrna L



Comparison of traditional and accelerated baccalaureate nursing graduates.  


Accelerated nursing programs have been one effort to attract nursing students. The author discusses the results of the study that compared traditional to accelerated students to determine their success on the NCLEX-RN. PMID:18791398

Bentley, Regina


Camp Nursing: Student Internships.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Camps can meet or supplement their health care delivery needs by using student nurses. Three models for student nurse internships, basic information about nursing education, and tips for negotiating student nurse internships are described. Sidebars present resources for camp health centers, nursing student competence characteristics, types of…

Harwood, Catherine Hoe; Van Hofwegen, Lynn



Expert Holistic Nurses’ Advice to Nursing Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: The purposes of this study were to describe the advice that expert holistic nurses gave to nursing students regarding the theory and practice of holistic nursing and to describe nursing students’ experience and perceptions of their interaction with the experts. Design: This was a qualitative descriptive study. Methods: Nursing students who attended the 2008 and 2009 conferences of the

Glenda Christiaens; Jo Ann Abegglen; Andrea Gardner



Competence of accelerated second degree students after studying in a collaborative model of nursing practice education.  


The article, "CAN-Care: An Innovative Model of Practice-Based Learning" was published in the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship in 2006 (Article 20). Reported in this paper are the findings of a program evaluation study with 58 participants who completed a survey questionnaire at the end of the program of study and six-months post graduation. The data reveal that the model resulted in graduates who perceived themselves to be competent and effectively prepared for real-world nursing practice. This is contrary to the existing literature which reports graduates' perceived lack of readiness for RN practice. The participants in this study also identified the opportunity to work with a consistent unit-based nurse and having the nursing practice course experiences on consecutive days and for the entire 12-hour shift as significant factors in the effectiveness of their learning experience. PMID:19725804

Raines, Deborah A



Factors for attrition in an accelerated baccalaureate nursing program.  


In recent years, there has been a proliferation of accelerated baccalaureate nursing programs. However, the body of nursing knowledge about students who choose this career path is not well developed. This descriptive study from one midwestern school of nursing explores the factors that predict attrition among this student population. Effective interventions to support and retain these students are described. The retention of accelerated-degree students may provide one solution to addressing the nurse shortage, as graduates of these programs move into the workforce at a more rapid rate than their traditional counterparts. This article proposes a variety of potential ways to address the issue of rising attrition rates in accelerated baccalaureate nursing programs. PMID:20210286

Rouse, Susan M; Rooda, Linda A



Student impressions of clinical nursing  

Microsoft Academic Search

Informal verbal reports of attitudes of nursing degree students over two years suggested a growing trend of lack of motivation in pursuing a career in nursing upon qualification. In an attempt to discover the reasons for this a small qualitative study was undertaken. Fourteen undergraduate nursing students from years 3 and 4 from a BSc Nursing Sciences (Hons) program were

Patricia A Pearcey; Barbara E Elliott



Nursing Students with Learning Disabilities.  

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Discusses the following topics: identification and classification of learning disabilities (LD), effects of LD on nursing students, teaching and learning, LD legislation, and academic interventions for nursing students with LD. (SK)

Selekman, Janice



Introducing student nurses to operating department nursing.  


The shortage of nurses is a major problem faced by the National Health Service. This also impacts on the shortage of theatre nurses where lack of recruitment and retention are threatening their existence (Montgomery 1997). Recruitment has not previously posed a problem in the operating department where the author works, due to pre-registration diploma nurses (PRDN) being allocated to the department as part of their critical care placement. Many of these students have been appointed to work in the operating theatre once qualified. However, due to changes in nurse education, students are now able to choose their placement. PMID:16502741

Sampson, Heather



Transitioning foreign-educated physicians to nurses: the New Americans in Nursing accelerated program.  


The innovative New Americans in Nursing accelerated program targets foreign-educated physicians (FEPs) residing in the United States who are either unemployed or underemployed and desire to become nurses. With a five-semester baccalaureate nursing curriculum, students are awarded credit for general education and science prerequisite courses completed in medical school and matriculate for 63 credits of nursing courses. Measurement of program outcomes provides evidence that FEPs socialize to nursing at the same level, exhibit significantly greater critical thinking skills, and have higher NCLEX-RN pass rates than generic baccalaureate nursing students. The program is a valuable option not only in addressing the critical and continuing nursing shortage, but also in diversifying the nursing workforce in response to health disparities and the increasing diversity of the U.S. population. PMID:19112744

Grossman, Divina; Jorda, Mary Louise



Career Preferences of Nursing Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This study investigates novice and experienced student nurses' attitudes about caring for patients across the lifespan. Students were also asked why they would enjoy or not enjoy caring for children and older adults. Both novice (n = 114) and advanced (n = 56) nursing students were relatively positive about caring for patients across the…

Gould, Odette N.; MacLennan, Anna; Dupuis-Blanchard, Suzanne



Comparison of outcomes in a traditional versus accelerated nursing curriculum.  


In this descriptive study, graduates of a traditional baccalaureate nursing program were compared with graduates of an accelerated baccalaureate program at the same university between 1991 and 2006. A survey was sent to a random sample of two groups: traditional baccalaureate graduates and graduates of the accelerated program who had previous degrees in another major and completed the nursing curriculum in a shorter time frame than the traditional students, resulting in a total sample of 73 graduates. Outcome variables included demographics, NCLEX passing rates, transitioning to the professional role, employment, professional development, certifications and self-reported reasons the respondents entered the nursing profession and why they remained. There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups on these variables. Results of a t-test revealed that the GPA of the accelerated group was significantly higher than the traditional group. Future considerations include the impact that accelerated program development may have on both the current and projected nursing shortage. PMID:19409069

Aktan, Nadine M; Bareford, Connie G; Bliss, Julie B; Connolly, Kathleen; DeYoung, Sandra; Lancellotti Sullivan, Katherine; Tracy, Janet



Nursing students with latex allergy.  


Latex allergy affects millions of people in the general population and a higher percentage of health care workers. Nursing students with a latex sensitivity pose a unique challenge for the nurse educator. Students may enter the program with pre-existing latex allergy or develop the allergy during the educational process. This manuscript explores the implications of latex allergies exhibited by the nursing student. It addresses the responsibilities of the educator in the skills or simulation laboratory and during clinical learning experiences. It also offers suggestions for ensuring the safety of the student while reducing the legal liabilities of the educational program. The article addresses possible policy ramifications for nursing schools. PMID:22622110

Katrancha, Elizabeth D; Harshberger, Lorri A



Investigating student nurses' constructions of health promotion in nursing education  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article describes student nurses' construc- tions of health promotion and the change of these constructions during their nursing educa- tion in two Finnish polytechnics. The data consisted of essays written by the 19 student nurses before they began their nursing educa- tion in 1997 and of stimulated recall interviews with the same students during the second year of their

Leena Liimatainen; Marita Poskiparta; Auli Sjogren; Tarja Kettunen; Paivi Karhila



Horizontal violence among nursing students.  


In a research study student nurses in the clinical setting reported experiencing horizontal violence or "nurses eating their young." The types of behaviors most frequently encountered were emotional and verbal attacks. Some students did not report incidences of horizontal violence to their instructors, so it is important that the faculty be cognizant that such behaviors can occur and establish open communication to assist students in dealing with such behaviors. PMID:17556112

Longo, Joy



AIDS awareness among nursing students.  


Nursing students are being identified as a potential risk group for the AIDS spread. Awareness regarding AIDS in this group is crucial for AIDS management and prevention. This cross-sectional study was planned and carried out to assess the awareness of nursing students regarding AIDS and to identify the areas of confusion that might serve as an important target of educational intervention. The study consisted of 204 nursing students selected from Nursing school, Govt. Medical College, Nagpur. The overall knowledge regarding etiology, risk factors, transmission, treatment and prevention of AIDS was confusing among the students. The average knowledge score was estimated to be 17.6 of 28. However, more knowledge was found to be correlated with more positive and fearless attitude towards AIDS patients. PMID:8690489

Kubde, S S; Zodpey, S D; Vasudeo, N D


Financial Aid for Nursing Students  


... students complete their nursing education by paying tuition, fees, other education costs, while providing a monthly living ... direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child ...


Career preferences of nursing students.  


This study investigates novice and experienced student nurses' attitudes about caring for patients across the lifespan. Students were also asked why they would enjoy or not enjoy caring for children and older adults. Both novice (n = 114) and advanced (n = 56) nursing students were relatively positive about caring for patients across the lifespan. However, novices were significantly more negative about working with older patients, particularly after experiencing a first clinical placement. In contrast, a significant quadratic effect was found for advanced students, indicating more negativity about working with both children and older adults. When giving reasons for why they would enjoy caring for older patients, novices were more likely than were advanced students to focus on stereotypical characteristics and on negative health outcomes of older adults as a group. Overall, results suggest that the attitudes driving career interests in nursing students change as training advances. PMID:23084578

Gould, Odette N; MacLennan, Anna; Dupuis-Blanchard, Suzanne



Promoting integrity among nursing students.  


Unethical practices among college students are concerning for any profession, but especially for nursing because these students will become health care providers after graduation. Studies have found correlations between unethical practices as a student with future professional behavior; therefore, it is important to instill a sense of ethics in all nursing students. Honor codes facilitate communication about behavioral expectations between faculty and students and emphasize the importance of ethical behavior. The HIRRE (honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, and ethics) program at Pasco-Hernando Community College is an example of a modified honor code. Through the use of faculty and student situation reports, this program has enabled faculty to monitor the integrity status of the nursing program and establish policy protocols for unethical behaviors. PMID:17302100

Langone, Melissa



Bereavement tasks for nursing students.  


Preparing students to face the loss of patients through suffering and death is not an easy task. The author describes two separate and unique teaching/learning strategies that provided nursing students with practical applications to cope with their bereavement experiences during an oncology clinical rotation. The article's emphasis is on the critical need of adequate and contemporary clinical integration of death and bereavement concepts and nursing education. PMID:8788822

Clingerman, E M


42 CFR 57.309 - Payment of nursing student loans.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

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42 CFR 57.309 - Payment of nursing student loans.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

... 2009-10-01 false Payment of nursing student loans. 57.309 Section 57.309...IMPROVEMENTS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT LOANS Nursing Student Loans § 57.309 Payment of nursing student loans. (a) Nursing student...



Recruiting Students into Nursing: Prior Questions.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Raises fundamental questions regarding student recruitment: (1) why recruit students into nursing? (2) what are the issues that determine whether a school should have a nursing program? and (3) what are students being recruited into? (JOW)|

Hipps, Opal S.



Classroom performance system use in an accelerated graduate nursing program.  


Many students who enter accelerated nursing programs have not been exposed to the analysis, prediction, and decision-making skills needed by today's RN. To foster practice with complex concepts in the classroom and to give teachers immediate feedback about student in-class mastery of core material, use of an audience participation system within the classroom may be useful. This article reports the implementation of a classroom performance system and the results ofa program evaluation project designed to capture the system's impact on student and faculty satisfaction and student learning outcomes. Project results and implications for further work are presented. PMID:20182157

Grimes, Corinne; Joiner Rogers, Glenda; Volker, Deborah; Ramberg, Elizabeth


Called to NursingPerceptions of Student Nurses  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose:This study uncovers reasons students report for wanting to become nurses, to quantify those who feel that they are called to nursing, and to learn what “being called” means to them. Method:A descriptive, cross-sectional survey was conducted with all students enrolled in nursing courses at one program in a private, faith-based university. Findings:Most students decided to go to nursing school

Lyn Prater; Melanie McEwen



Cheating among nursing students.  


How big a problem is cheating and plagiarism among students? In what ways do students cheat and plagiarize? Are formal policies on cheating and plagiarism effective? The author discusses the results of a descriptive survey on this subject. PMID:2352675

Bailey, P A


Numeracy skills of nursing students.  


Research has highlighted poor mathematical ability amongst qualified and student nurses. Three major classifications of errors: i)conceptual, ii)arithmetical and iii)computational have been identified. These errors involve being unable to formulate an equation from information given, unable to operate a given equation, or simple arithmetical errors respectively. The objective of this study was to determine if a sample of Australian second year undergraduate nursing students, from the state of Victoria, could accurately calculate drug dosages and perform some basic mathematical calculations that would be required in the workplace. A descriptive survey collecting demographical data, attitudes towards drug calculation performance and basic mathematical and drug calculation questions was administered to the 52 undergraduate nurses who participated in the study. The average score was 56.1%. Interestingly 63.5% of the students denied any drug calculations issues. On average those who completed a minimum of year 12 mathematics, or who had entered the course directly from secondary education achieved scores over 50%. Of all the errors that occurred 36.0% were conceptual, 38.9% were arithmetical and 25.1% were computational. Some Victorian nursing students currently have deficiencies in performing accurate calculations, with both arithmetical and conceptual errors, indicating fundamental flaws in their mathematical understanding and demonstrating an unacceptable level to practice safely. PMID:21239088

Eastwood, Kathryn J; Boyle, Malcolm J; Williams, Brett; Fairhall, Robyn



Undergraduate nursing students' compatibility with the nursing profession  

PubMed Central

Background The high rate of attrition among nursing students has caused some nursing leaders to think about the necessity of considering students' personality during the process of admission into nursing schools. Due to the lack of studies on Iranian nursing students' personality traits, this study was designed to assess freshmen nursing students' personality characteristics and their compatibility with the demands of the nursing profession. Methods A descriptive study was conducted at Tehran and kashan medical universities and one of the branches of Azad University. Convenience sampling was used and 52 freshmen nursing students were assessed using Holland's Vocational Interests Inventory. Results From the total participants 63.5% were females and 36.5% were males. Based on the Holland's Vocational Interests Inventory 44% did not have appropriate personality characteristics for the nursing profession. 77% of the nursing students participating in the study reported that they lacked information about nursing. Conclusion It seems that personality tests can help to select the best students for nursing schools from those who show good academic capabilities. This would decrease the rate of attrition and could improve the quality of care.

Adib-Hajbaghery, Mohsen; Dianati, Mansur



Nursing Students' Learning in Clinical Nursing Practice at Intensive Care Unit - Through Analysis of Nursing Students' Reports  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to clarify the learning of the nursing students and to examine the educational methods of the clinical nursing practice in incorporating the critical care nursing, by analyzing practical training records written by 48 nursing students who had experienced nursing practical training at the intensive care unit. Extracted phrases and contents from these records, summing

Miyako Oike; Norie Suetsugu


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills in nurses and nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study is to describe the basic cardiac life-support (BLS) skills of nurses and nursing students in southern Finland and Hungary, and to assess the influence of resuscitation teaching and other group characteristics on performance. The data for the study were collected in the spring and autumn of 1997. The study group consisted of 75 nurses from

Juha Nyman; Marja Sihvonen



Cultivating future nurse leaders with student nurses associations.  


Student nurses associations (SNAs) assist in developing tomorrow's nurse leaders. In this article, executive board members of an SNA in a traditional baccalaureate nursing program at a public regional university recounted common themes in their participation in an SNA. These broad themes included leadership, mentorship and communication, all which foster professional development through the acquisition of specific knowledge, skills and experiences. PMID:23957801

Akans, Merlana; Harrington, Maura; McCash, John; Childs, Ashlyn; Gripentrog, Jessica; Cole, Sharon; Fitzgerald, Kevin; Searing, Kimberly; Fuehr, Patricia


42 CFR 57.305 - Nursing student loan funds.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

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42 CFR 57.305 - Nursing student loan funds.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

...2009-10-01 2009-10-01 false Nursing student loan funds. 57.305 Section 57.305...IMPROVEMENTS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT LOANS Nursing Student Loans § 57.305 Nursing student loan funds. (a) Funds established...



Hong Kong Nursing Students' Knowledge on Dyslexia: Implications for Nursing Education and Clinical Practices  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background: Nurses' dyslexia knowledge is crucial for early detection of dyslexia before referring suspected children for further assessment. This study aims to obtain a profile of nursing students' knowledge on dyslexia so as to explore the implications for nursing education for both nursing students and practicing nurses as well as for current and future nursing practices. Method: Nursing students (N=133)




The Lived Experience of Nurses Working with Student Nurses in the Clinical Environment  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|One response to the nursing shortage is to increase promotion and retention in nursing programs: However, negative attitudes of nurses threaten student progression and retention. A phenomenological study explored the lived experience of nurses who worked with student nurses to discover "what" attitudes nurses had toward student nurses and "how"…

Hathorn, Donna; Machtmes, Krisanna; Tillman, Ken



Nurse preceptors' views of precepting undergraduate nursing students.  


The nurse preceptor is an essential bridge between the classroom and the real world of human patients and clinical settings. The 26 experienced nurse preceptors who participated in this qualitative study shared stories and important perspectives on the nurse preceptor role in pre-licensure nursing education. Three consistent themes emerged: being engaged in the educational process, acknowledge my efforts, and it depends on the student. These findings have implications for schools of nursing and faculty working with undergraduate students in the clinical setting. PMID:22616403

Raines, Debrorah A


Perceptions of "Nursing" and "Nursing Care" in the United States by Dutch Nursing Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In the opinions of 11 Dutch nursing students on a study tour of the United States, the U.S. emphasizes technical aspects of nursing and medical over nursing care, lacks team nursing and collegiality, and has a litigious environment. These negative images have implications for the use of U.S. nursing as a benchmark for global education and…

Haloburdo, Esther P.; Thompson, Mary Ann



[Preventing burnout in nursing students].  


In 2009-2010, four "personal development and stress management" workshops were attended by all the 2nd and 3rd year students at the nursing training institute of Sainte-Marguerite Hospital in Marseille. Beforehand, their stress levels were assessed using the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) scale which revealed that such a workshop would be useful. 80% of students were interested and 50% found it to be of real help. This work involves reflecting on the malaise among healthcare professionals and the ways of overcoming it. PMID:21717672

Botti, Geneviève; Foddis, Danielle; Giacalone-Olive, Anne-Marie



Factors shaping Aboriginal nursing students' experiences.  


Motivated by a shortage of Aboriginal nurses and recurring difficulties in recruitment and retention of Aboriginal peoples in nursing education, a critical ethnography was conducted to examine the experiences of undergraduate Aboriginal nursing students in two Canadian schools of nursing. We conducted audiotaped interviews with Aboriginal nursing students (n=31), Aboriginal nurses (n=5), nursing faculty members (n=24), and individuals who were identified as knowledgeable about the context that might shape the experiences (n=16). Other data sources included reflexive and descriptive fieldnotes from 200 h of fieldwork in classroom and laboratory practice sessions and 135 texts from the participating schools. Nursing textbooks, course syllabi, policies, procedures, clinical evaluation forms and websites were randomly selected and analyzed to explicate how texts shaped the students' experiences. In this paper, we discuss the findings of the study and briefly share our recommendations. PMID:17011675

Martin, Donna E; Kipling, Ardelle



Elementary School Nurses' Perceptions of Student Bullying  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The aim of this study was to assess elementary school nurses' perceptions of student bullying, actions when they encounter bullies or victims, and perceived level of preparation for dealing with this problem. School nurses identified the most common barriers to dealing with bullying, which included bullying taking place where the nurse is not…

Hendershot, Candace; Dake, Joseph A.; Price, James H.; Lartey, Grace K.



Ethnicity, Academic Skills and Nursing Student Achievement.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The study addressed the effect of admission criteria used by the School of Nursing at Florida International University and how they related to student success in completing the nursing program, passing the state licensure examination, and becoming registered nurses (RN). Attention was focused on the use of the state-instituted College Level…

Rush, Donna Safian; Belock, Shirley


Nursing students' perceptions about nursing care plans: a Turkish perspective.  


This descriptive study was planned in order to assess self-perceived sufficiency levels of nursing students at preparing nursing care plans and also determine the effect of these plans on students' occupational development. Sample of the study was consisted of 55 nursing students who were taking oncological training. Data were collected by using Personal Information Form and Student Care Plan Evaluation Form. Non-parametric tests were used in data analysis. Students perceived themselves 'insufficient' although assessing reproductive neurological and cardiovascular systems, respectively, and also interpreting results of hemogram and urine tests. No significant difference was found between the initial and last nursing care plans prepared by the students during clinical training. Sixty % of students reported that preparing and implementing nursing care plans had favourable effects on their occupational development. Results suggest that students should be well prepared before clinical training programmes and also nursing care plans should be revised and used in more proper and practical ways in order to enhance students' occupational development. PMID:22257326

Can, Gulbeyaz; Erol, Ozgul



The future of nursing: career choices in potential student nurses.  


Young people leaving schools and sixth-form colleges have the opportunity to choose a career path from an increasing number of courses in colleges of further and higher education. Nursing studies are now competing with a range of health-related disciplines such as health studies, psychology and complementary therapy. Compared with nursing studies, many of these courses appear more exciting and appealing to students who are in the process of choosing a career or programme of study. While the increased choice is a positive move for students, it may contribute to the shortage of students currently entering some areas of nursing. Indeed, some specialties in nursing, including mental health and learning disabilities, are so depleted in students that they are reaching a point of crisis. There is also concern that recruitment into nursing remains predominately female and white British. Given the diversity of the UK population and the reliance on school leavers as a potential source of supply, it is important to understand why male students and those from multiracial and multicultural environments choose, or do not choose, nursing studies. This research study involved a sample of 106 16-year-old students from three secondary schools in the north-west and south-east of England. The questionnaire results, collected in schools, revealed that students held traditional views or knew very little about the nursing profession. PMID:17551435

Whitehead, Elizabeth; Mason, Tom; Ellis, Jackie


Ethical reasoning in baccalaureate nursing students.  


Nurses are encountering an increasing number of ethical dilemmas in clinical practice. Ethics courses for baccalaureate nursing students provide the opportunity for the development of critical thinking skills in order to deal with these effectively. The purpose of this descriptive qualitative study was to describe ethical reasoning in 70 baccalaureate nursing students enrolled in a nursing ethics course. Reflective clinical journals were analyzed as appropriate for qualitative inquiry. The overriding theme emerging from the data was 'in the process of becoming', which includes: practicing as a professional, lacking the confidence as a student nurse to take an ethical stand, advocating for patients, being just in the provision of care, identifying the spiritual dimensions of nursing practice, confronting the 'real world' of health care, making a commitment to practice with integrity, and caring enough to care. The development of critical thinking and ethical reasoning within the framework of knowing and connecting is essential in nursing education. PMID:19528105

Callister, Lynn Clark; Luthy, Karlen E; Thompson, Pam; Memmott, Rae Jeanne



Sexual harassment of nursing students.  


This article reports the findings of 21 subjects, a subset of 277 subjects, who experienced some form of sexual harassment while enrolled in a nursing program. The physical and emotional effects of the experience on academic performance and subsequent relationships are described. Support systems used by students at the time of the experience are identified. Only a small number of subjects reported the experience to persons in academic authority. These subjects also reported that no legal or academic sanctions were imposed on the faculty members. PMID:2365386

Cholewinski, J T; Burge, J M



Responsive assessment: assessing student nurses’ clinical competence  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper argues for a new approach to continuous assessment of students of nursing clinical competence, which I call responsive assessment. Its argument for this is based on a research study highlighting the problems and concerns students and practitioners identified in relation to the assessment of their nursing practice and clinical competence.It puts forward a case for challenging role boundaries

Mary Neary



The influence of end-of-life education on attitudes of nursing students.  


Palliative care is an important aspect of nursing when comfort and quality of life are the patient goals. The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) developed a comprehensive program of teaching care of the dying to nurses and nursing students. This pretest-posttest study evaluated the influence of the integration of the ELNEC curriculum into a baccalaureate nursing program on students' attitudes toward care of the dying. The Frommelt Attitudes toward Care of the Dying Scale for nurses (FATCOD) was administered to traditional and accelerated baccalaureate students before and after exposure to a nursing curriculum that integrated essential ELNEC elements. Multiple regression analyses indicated that no previous experience with death and an age of 18-22 accounted for the most variance in attitude change. The findings suggest that integrating the ELNEC curriculum throughout a baccalaureate program positively affects the attitudes of nursing students toward the care of patients who are dying. PMID:18384269

Barrere, Cynthia C; Durkin, Anne; LaCoursiere, Sheryl



Students' experiences with military nurses as faculty.  


The United States Army Nurse Corps (ANC) and the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMDSON) formed a partnership to address the nursing faculty shortage. Six ANC officers served as full-time faculty at the UMDSON for a 2-year period. Given that the student experience is central to the context of learning, the purpose of this study was to describe the experience of the students who interacted with ANC officers. Using a descriptive phenomenological approach, 14 nursing students participated in open-ended, in-depth, audiotaped interviews. Although the students had preconceived ideas about ANC officers as faculty, following engagement with the officers, the students reported many positive attributes of having ANC officers as clinical instructors and an enlightened understanding of the role of the military in today's world. The findings of this study indicate that the use of ANC officers is a plausible solution to the ongoing nursing shortage. PMID:22356358

Murphy, Lyn Stankiewicz; Zangaro, George A; Gadsden, Ellarwee



Nursing students and Internet health information.  


This study investigates use of the internet by nursing students to access health information and their evaluation practices in relation to this information. The research method was a retrospective descriptive postal survey. A questionnaire was sent to all undergraduate students enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing programme at a New Zealand university in 2005. The response rate was 50% or 174 responses. Findings from the study included marked variations in respondents ability to successfully search for and evaluate relevant internet health and nursing information. Few respondents assessed patients use of the internet to gather health information or assisted patients with evaluation. As searching, evaluating and sharing online information is a core element of nursing practice, formal education to develop competency in the ability of all nursing students to retrieve and assess internet health information is essential. The integration of these skills into nursing practice is a vital step in developing new approaches to working with knowledgeable consumers of internet health information. PMID:18700178

Scott, Susan D; Gilmour, Jean; Fielden, Jann



Partner abuse against female nursing students.  


Although nurses may have the necessary skills to plan care of clients in a variety of settings, experience and research demonstrate that nursing interventions with women victims of violence have been consistently inadequate. Of the 243 nursing students included in this study, 8% reported experiencing physical abuse, and 18.9% reported experiencing nonphysical abuse. Difficulties with depression for 26.1% of the students and some level of clinical stress were reported in over half of the group. Specific needs to combat violence and abuse against nurses and nursing students include providing better information on such behavior by incorporating family-violence education into nursing-school curricula, and using this proactively in confronting domestic violence in home and work settings. PMID:7738866

Attala, J M; Oetker, D; McSweeney, M




Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to determine student nurses’ perceptions of (1) the role of the nurse in health promotion, and (2) how the concept of health promotion is presented in nursing curricula. Research questions for this study included the following: 1) Can nursing students explain the difference between health education and health promotion? 2) What have nursing students

Kathleen Ann Halcomb



Teaching moral reasoning to student nurses.  


Teaching moral reasoning to students is a challenge for all nursing educators. The National League for Nursing and American Nurses' Association emphasize the importance of ethical content within the curriculum. Review of the literature indicates that ethics has been part of the nursing curriculum since the early 1900s. However, the focus of nursing ethics has changed to more critical reflective thinking versus duties and etiquette. Educators have used a variety of methods for teaching ethics and integrating it into the curriculum. Yet nursing graduates still lack adequate skills to be morally accountable practitioners. This creates a dilemma for the educator to find ways to integrate more ethics content into an already crowded curriculum. The code of ethics of holistic nurses may serve as a basis to guide nurse educators in resolving some of the problems encountered in promoting moral education. PMID:1301432

Weber, J R



Constructivist philosophy and nursing student medication calculations.  


Prelicensure nursing students often have difficulty performing medication calculations (MCs). Faculty at one baccalaureate nursing program wanted to use nursing theory to guide the development of a teaching-learning approach related to MC's. Finding little theory related to the topic of MCs, a constructivist-based teaching-learning approach was used instead. The purpose of the study was to assess whether nursing students who received an MC review class that used a teaching-learning approach based on constructivist philosophy had better results on an MC examination than students who received their review via traditional teaching-learning methods. The study participants consisted of two cohorts of first-semester junior-level nursing students from one university-based school of nursing in the Midwestern United States. The results indicated that students in the simulation review class had higher mean scores on an MC examination than students who received their review via more traditional means. Teaching-learning strategies related to MCs based on constructivist philosophy have the potential to improve student learning outcomes, but more research is needed before middle-range theory related to this critically important area of nursing education can be developed. PMID:24052999

Newton, Sarah E; Harris, Margaret; Pittiglio, Laura



A qualitative study of nursing student experiences of clinical practice  

Microsoft Academic Search

BACKGROUND: Nursing student's experiences of their clinical practice provide greater insight to develop an effective clinical teaching strategy in nursing education. The main objective of this study was to investigate student nurses' experience about their clinical practice. METHODS: Focus groups were used to obtain students' opinion and experiences about their clinical practice. 90 baccalaureate nursing students at Shiraz University of

Farkhondeh Sharif; Sara Masoumi



A Nursing Student Community Experience with Public Housing Elderly  

Microsoft Academic Search

Nursing students need community-based clinical experiences early in the nursing program. Ninety-eight baccalaureate nursing students in their first clinical course provided information about an experience with elderly residents living in public housing. The students support the continuation of such a clinical experience. Prior to this experience, many nursing students indicated they were unaware of the large number of elderly with

Barbara Martin; Arleen Fearing; Marguerite Newton



Measuring cultural awareness in nursing students.  


Recognizing the need for a valid and reliable way to measure outcomes of a program to promote multicultural awareness among nursing faculty and students, the authors developed a cultural awareness scale. In the first phase of the study, a scale consisting of 37 items was generated from a literature review on cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence in nursing. A Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient of .91 was obtained from a sample of 72 student nurses. In the second phase, the items were presented to a panel of experts in nursing and culture to determine content validity. A content validity index of .88 was calculated, and the total number of items on the scale was reduced to 36. The scale then was administered to 118 nursing students. Data from the two samples then were combined, and factor analysis was conducted to support construct validity. Cronbach's alpha for the combined samples was .82. PMID:12814215

Rew, Lynn; Becker, Heather; Cookston, Jeff; Khosropour, Shirin; Martinez, Stephanie



Nursing process, student attributes, and teaching methodologies.  


This study investigated the relationship among methodologies used in teaching the nursing process, nursing students' ability to use nursing process, and the following student attributes of: field-related perceptual functioning, impulsiveness, locus of control, convergent-divergent thinking ability, and scholastic aptitude. Data were collected from 201 students at the beginning and at the end of their first clinical nursing course in six institutions. Mean scores on the Group Embedded Figures Test, Different Uses Test, and Inference Test increased significantly. The most-used teaching methodology was teacher-dominated presentation; the least-used, individual conference. Findings regarding methods were based on replies from 77 faculty teaching the clinical course. A significant predictive relationship was found between the ability to use nursing process and inference ability, locus of control, and minimal time spent in small group discussion. PMID:6909734

Kissinger, J F; Munjas, B A


Evaluation by Exception for Nursing Students.  

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|An evaluation by exception instrument was developed to rate nursing students' clinical performance by documenting whether behaviors deviated from acceptable standards. The method increased student understanding of areas needing improvement and reduced faculty time to prepare evaluations and conduct student conferences. (SK)|

Wishnia, Gracie S.; Yancy, Pam; Silva, Judith; Kern-Manwaring, Nancy



Evaluation by Exception for Nursing Students.  

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An evaluation by exception instrument was developed to rate nursing students' clinical performance by documenting whether behaviors deviated from acceptable standards. The method increased student understanding of areas needing improvement and reduced faculty time to prepare evaluations and conduct student conferences. (SK)

Wishnia, Gracie S.; Yancy, Pam; Silva, Judith; Kern-Manwaring, Nancy



Simulation Technology in Nursing Education: Student Perceptions  

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|Nursing education programs are faced with the challenge of providing students with the necessary skills to function in a fast paced, high technological environment. To address this challenge, the current trend in nursing education is to integrate the use of high-fidelity simulation technology into the curricula although there has been limited…

Panunto, Karen L.



Simulation Technology in Nursing Education: Student Perceptions  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Nursing education programs are faced with the challenge of providing students with the necessary skills to function in a fast paced, high technological environment. To address this challenge, the current trend in nursing education is to integrate the use of high-fidelity simulation technology into the curricula although there has been limited…

Panunto, Karen L.



Student Selection and Retention in Nursing Schools.  

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Student selection and retention in nursing schools are analyzed on the basis of a survey of 1,439 nursing schools, 20 site visits, and a survey of 2,390 applicants to the 1974 programs of the 20 schools visited. Recruitment, screening, and selection pract...



The Concerns of Beginning Nursing Students.  

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|A descriptive correlational study looked at the concerns of nursing students (n=245) as they began their nursing education program. Among the most stressful areas cited were academic work, long hours of study, lack of sufficient clinical knowledge and experience to complete the task, and relationship with faculty. (JOW)|

Williams, Rhea P.



Comparing Perceptions of the Nursing Profession among Associate and Baccalaureate Nursing Students and Registered Nurses  

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|The inconsistencies between the perception of the profession of nursing and the reality of practice can lead to problems in student attrition or result in disillusionment with a career in nursing after a new graduate enters practice. With the nursing shortage reaching critical levels, it is important to examine possible discrepancies that exist…

Lovan, Sherry R.



Lessons learned from an accelerated post-master's nurse educator certificate program: teaching the practicum course.  


Nursing faces current and future shortages in the practice arena. The nurse educator shortage exacerbates the nursing shortage.This article describes an innovative and collaborative approach developed to increase the supply of nurse educators. An overview of the initial offering of this post-master's nurse educator certificate program, a grant-funded, cohort-based program, delivered online in an accelerated format, is provided. Particular attention is given to the nursing education practicum, a precepted teaching experience. This course is viewed as a culminating course, wherein the role transition from expert practitioner to novice educator occurs as students connect the experiential aspects of the practicum with knowledge gained in didactic courses and enter a new community of practice. Lessons learned and recommendations for future cohorts are discussed. PMID:22416540

Flood, Lisa Sue; Powers, Mary Ellen


Accelerating Struggling Students' Learning Through Identity Redevelopment  

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Presents students views about the Accelerated Program, an intervention designed to get students on a path to on-time graduation by helping them develop a more positive sense of their own ability to accomplish, belong, and engage in the classroom. The program was designed to accelerate learning so that students completed two years of academic content within one year.

Finnan, Christine; Kombe, Dennis



Nursing students ready to serve the community  

Microsoft Academic Search

Fifteen nursing students from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus have received the traditional Notre Dame Blessing of the Hands by Campus Minister Jill O’Brien sgs.\\u000aThe students were due to embark on their last clinical placements, their final component of the nursing degree, and the blessing was a way of wishing them well on their individual journeys.

Mike Doyle



Korean nursing students' intention to migrate abroad.  


BACKGROUND: Migration of Korean nurses has continued with changing patterns and reasons. However, detailed studies of migration among Korean nursing students are limited. OBJECTIVES: This study examined the intention, reasons, and preferences of migration among Korean nursing students. This study also identified priorities and barriers to the decision of nursing students to migrate and work abroad. DESIGN: A descriptive study using a questionnaire was used for this study. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTINGS: A total of 717 nursing students from four BSN programs and three diploma programs at nursing schools in D city and K province of South Korea were included in the analysis. RESULTS: According to the results, 69.8% of respondents intended to migrate abroad, if possible, or absolutely in the future. The score for females who answered "yes, if possible" regarding the intention to migrate was significantly higher, compared to males. More than 64% of respondents eventually want to return to Korea after migration. The two most common reasons for migration were economic reason (salary) (29.7%) and "professional development (28.2%)". Half of all respondents preferred the US as the destination country of migration (50.5%). "Working condition" was the most prevalent reason for the decision regarding the destination and the place to work. More than 71% of respondents selected "the lack of language proficiency" as a barrier to migration. CONCLUSIONS: Economic reason was not as strong as in the past to explain migration of Korean nursing students. Most Korean nursing students want to return back with professional development and higher degree. Even permanent migration and return migration of nurses are an inevitable part of globalization, positive and negative aspects of migration between donor as well as destination countries should be investigated. PMID:23660240

Lee, Eunjoo; Moon, Mikyung



Changing institutional identities of the student nurse.  


This paper emphasises the tensions between the ideal of the compliant within care settings and the ideal of the critical thinker within the university setting with reference to student nurse education and identity. Identity is an important part of who we are as people. While modernisation and increased professionalisation of nursing have impacted on staff and patients mostly in a positive way, changes in the management of nursing education in the past 20 years have also heralded a remarkable change in the student identity. Historically informed by association with a particular hospital or health service provider, student nurse identity was shaped by institutional rituals and routine, physically embodied in objects such as uniforms and hospital medals and informed by claims to honesty, virtue and personal integrity (Bradby, 1990). Once part of the structure and fabric of hospital life, nursing students functioned as part of the health care service. As such, their identity was synonymous with that of practicing nurses, whose learning needs were secondary to that of the organisational needs. While this social milieu provided the platform for the formation of institutional pride, belonging and identity, such forms of identity can result in institutional compliance; with the associated risk of ritualistic practice, poor levels of transparent accountability and barriers to whistle blowing should substandard practice arise. Increased student freedom and an emphasis on teaching and learning within the university setting may have benefitted students, patients and the profession, however, the potential impact on student identity is less certain. There is evidence to suggest that students are ill-equipped for their professional identity once qualified and thus require more support for this within universities. This paper explores the tensions between traditional hospital identity and contemporary university identity with reference to student nurse education. The ideal of the compliant versus the ideal of the critical thinker will be debated. PMID:22795742

Brennan, Damien; Timmins, Fiona



Cultural competence among nursing students and faculty.  


Healthcare consumers are entitled to culturally competent care. Therefore, nursing curricula need to include cultural content and student nurses and faculty members need to be culturally competent. The purpose of the study was to describe cultural competence of students and faculty at a college of nursing and to discuss the implications for nursing curricula related to cultural competence. Campinha-Bacote's model (Campinha-Bacote, J., 1994. Cultural competence in psychiatric mental health nursing. Nursing Clinics of North America 29 (1), 1-8.) of culturally competent care provided the theoretical framework. The Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence (IAPCC) (Campinha-Bacote, J., 1998. The Process of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services: A Culturally Competent Model of Care. Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates, Cincinnati, OH. Available from: .) was used to measure levels of self-reported cultural competence. A convenience sample of 88 first year, 121 fourth year baccalaureate students and 51 faculty members at a college of nursing was studied. Analysis of variance revealed a statistically significant difference (F=43.915, df=259, p<.0001) between the three groups. A positive correlation was found between IAPCC scores and several demographic variables. Findings suggest that cultural competence can be increased by including structured cultural content in nursing curricula. PMID:15795024

Sargent, Sara E; Sedlak, Carol A; Martsolf, Donna S



A Meta-Analysis of Cultural Competence Education in Professional Nurses and Nursing Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Cultural competence learning interventions have been suggested to positively improve knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in both professional nurses and nursing students. A meta-analysis was used to examine the effectiveness of learning interventions designed to increase the cultural competence in professional nurses and nursing students. This is the first known meta-analysis of studies on cultural competence learning interventions in professional nurses

Ruth Wilmer Gallagher



A Precepted Perioperative Elective for Baccalaureate Nursing Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

A major factor contributing to the recruitment crisis in perioperative nursing is the lack of perioperative experiences offered to nursing students. A clinical elective designed to provide interested baccalaureate nursing students with OR experience was implemented at one university. A faculty member collaborated with perioperative nurses from area hospitals to provide a 36-hour, precepted perioperative experience. The course allows students

Linda L. McCausland



Level of Confidence among Nursing Students in the Clinical Setting  

Microsoft Academic Search

Confidence level among nursing student is an important factor to enable them to carry out their duties competently in the clinical area. Most of the time nursing students lacked confidence in clinical skills. Data was collected from the month of February to April 2008 using a tool adopted from Beech, 2003 on 189 nursing students in a nursing college. The

Santhna Letchmi Panduragan; Norzamnah Abdullah; Hamidah Hassan; Samsiah Mat



Nursing student awarded State recognition for artwork  

Microsoft Academic Search

Nursing student and budding young artist, Primrose Rodley, from The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney has achieved state wide recognition for her artwork - currently being displayed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW).\\u000aThe first year student’s final year 12 HSC art assignment ‘Nerds’ was chosen, along with other students’ work, for the 2008 ARTEXPRESS exhibition,

Moira Saunders



Test-taking anxiety among nursing & general college students.  


This study examined whether nursing students experience an unusual amount of debilitative anxiety in academic achievement, compared to general university students and provided senior psychiatric nursing students with a hands-on experience in research. A nonprobability convenience sample of 225 students was drawn from a university in the eastern United States. Alpert and Haber's Achievement Anxiety Test was administered to 94 nursing students and 131 general university students. Results indicated that nursing students do not have a statistically significantly higher debilitative anxiety than the general student population. However, all students experienced significantly higher levels of debilitative anxiety than were found by Alpert and Haber. Implications for academic nursing are discussed. PMID:12448036

Brewer, Thomas



Attitudes toward older people among nursing students and registered nurses in Sweden  

Microsoft Academic Search

Geriatric nursing is generally not considered to be a popular branch of nursing among Swedish nursing students and registered nurses. It is, therefore, important for nurse educators and others with responsibilities for the development of nursing to pay attention to trends of importance for the care of the elderly. Attitudes – conceptualized as feelings, knowledge, and readiness to act –

Olle Söderhamn; Catharina Lindencrona; Siw Merit Gustavsson



Measuring Cultural Awareness in Nursing Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A multicultural awareness scale completed by 72 nursing students obtained a Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient of .91. An expert panel analyzed content validity and the revised scale was completed by 118 students. Factor analysis supported the measure's construct validity. (Contains 30 references.) (SK)

Rew, Lynn; Becker, Heather; Cookston, Jeff; Khosropour, Shirin; Martinez, Stephanie



The opportunities of a student nurse.  


The opportunities available to student nurses, whether studying a child, adult, mental health or learning disability branch, are increasing within both the academic and professional environments-ranging from student ambassador and representative roles, to publication within professional journals and review of pre-published material. PMID:24005665

Polfrey, Katrina



Recruiting Middle School Students into Nursing  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The purpose of this literature review is to illustrate the importance of initiating nursing recruitment during the middle school years. Data sources included citations from the years 1989 to 2006. The study focused on middle school students 9 to 13 years of age in Grades 6 to 8. One survey compared middle school students' perceptions of an ideal…

Matutina, Robin E.



Intellectual disability nursing assessment: student reflections.  


Nursing students, Paula and Lynda, reflect on their first academic assessment of their 4-year intellectual disability nursing course. The reflection is conducted by the second and third authors of this article, and is guided by Gibbs' (1998) cycle, highlighting the positive and negative aspects of their 'workbook' assignment during their first academic semester. Overall, the use of the workbook as an assessment method enabled the students to discover the importance of time management, attendance at lectures, database searching, referencing and academic writing. The assignment enabled the students to be more prepared for clinical practice placement, and develop a basis for future learning and knowledge of intellectual disability. PMID:22584930

Doody, Owen; McInerney, Paula; Linnane, Lynda


Literature Update on Academic Performance of Minority Baccalaureate Nursing Students.  

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|This report reviews the literature on minority nursing students including the identification of high risk students, admission policies, evaluation methods and prediction of success of nursing students since the mid-1980s. The review finds that many variables have been used in research studies to identify at-risk students, to predict nursing

Fearing, Arleen D.


Releasing the Potential of High Risk Students in Nursing.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The proceedings of a 1972 conference on special problems of nursing education in traditionally black schools are reported to help nursing faculty realize the potential of high-risk students. The participants consisted of 49 faculty members from 15 nursing...



A measure of success: nursing students and test anxiety.  


Anxiety reactions are common to situations perceived as threatening; however, excessive anxiety may paralyze an individual and interfere with effective functioning. Nursing students and nursing orientees face multiple stressors as they progress through a competitive and oftentimes grueling nursing program or job orientation. This article will focus on the experience of test anxiety in nursing students and new orientees and measures the nurse educator may employ in reducing this anxiety to facilitate learner progression through a nursing program or orientation. PMID:15812275

Edelman, Maryann; Ficorelli, Carmel


Elementary school nurses' perceptions of student bullying.  


The aim of this study was to assess elementary school nurses' perceptions of student bullying, actions when they encounter bullies or victims, and perceived level of preparation for dealing with this problem. School nurses identified the most common barriers to dealing with bullying, which included bullying taking place where the nurse is not supervising (49%), someone else in the school being more qualified to address bullying (41%), not having enough time (26%), and not being prepared to handle the problem (25%). Only 14% stated that there were no barriers to dealing with student bullying. School nurses believed that the most effective means to reduce school bullying were consistent discipline and improved supervision. However, these perceptions are not in line with current research, which indicates that the most effective method to reduce bullying is to create a whole-school atmosphere to prevent the problem from occurring. PMID:16856778

Hendershot, Candace; Dake, Joseph A; Price, James H; Lartey, Grace K



Accelerating ESL Students' Reading Progress With Accelerated Reader  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study examines the benefits of the Accelerated Reader program on ESL fourth and fifth grade students in a school in rural Western North Carolina. The study involved ten ESL fourth and fifth graders who had approximately forty-five minutes of time for free reading daily. The Accelerated Reader program was encouraged through the use of incentives. Monthly test reports were

Jeanne M. McGlinn; Amy Parrish



The relationship between leadership styles and empathy among student nurses  

Microsoft Academic Search

Much of the nursing literature on leadership describes the qualities of existing nursing leaders,1 while emphasizing the need for leadership development in student nurses for both managerial and clinical practice. However, there is a lack of research literature on the characteristics of current students. Conducted by the University of Tennessee College of Nursing Empathy Research Group, this pilot study explores

Mary Gunther; Ginger Evans; Linda Mefford; Thomas R. Coe



Academic success of nursing students: Does motivation matter?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Schools of nursing around the world, including associate degree nursing (ADN) programs, continue to be challenged by retention and recruitment issues. Many efforts have been made to address the variety of complex issues that nurse educators face to increase student retention and recruitment in nursing programs. Fortunately, enrollment in many of the nursing programs is on the rise, as the

Stacy Rose



Using Second Life to enhance ACCEL an online accelerated nursing BSN program.  


To create a presence in Second Life (SL) the university college of nursing (CON) purchased four virtual islands in December 2007. The intent was to enhance distance education with immersion learning experiences for nursing students in SL. The Pollock Alumni House, classrooms, faculty offices, a library, a student welcome center, a public health office, a disaster scenario, a clinic, a hospital, and several patient avatars were created. Houses are being built for nursing students to experience different patient care scenarios during home visits. At least 20 nursing faculty and academic staff and three cohorts of accelerated nursing students (77) have avatars and have experienced class sessions. Faculty and students schedule office hours, engage in synchronous chats, and utilize the public health department and SL support groups for class exercises. Current exercises in the public health department include a module in which the student learns the role of the sanitarian. Students use a checklist to inspect restaurants and bars in SL. They are also able to view a video of an interview with a sanitarian. Another module introduces them to the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program. Future student activities related to public health include disaster planning, bioterrorism, evacuations, community assessment, windshield surveys, fund raising, and health education as well as other activities suggested by public health nurses and students. The possibilities are limitless because of the resources that exist in the virtual world, SL. The purchase of the first two islands, the initial buildings, and the creation of the public health department was funded by a research grant. Virtual environments offer many advantages for nursing education. Many nursing students say they learn best when they actually "do something," which indicates that they often prefer experiential learning. Rare but life-threatening patient situations can be experienced since the clinical environment can be realistically simulated. The student has the opportunity to practice repeatedly without causing harm to patients. During these simulations, active learning takes place, immediate feedback can be given for both correct and incorrect actions, errors can be corrected, and consistent experiences can be reproduced for all students. This technology is revolutionizing education and will meet the needs of the media savvy generations to come. It can also provide virtual experiences that nursing students may encounter in the clinical setting which are high risk and low volume, thus enhancing patient safety. PMID:19592919

Stewart, Stephanie; Pope, Dawn; Duncan, Debra



[Alcohol and alcoholism: attitudes of nursing students].  


This is a descriptive exploratory study that aimed to verify nursing students' attitudes facing to the alcoholic drinks, alcoholism and alcoholics, according to their position in face of an attitudes scale items. For data collection, it was used the Scale of Attitudes to alcohol, alcoholism and alcoholic, applied to 144 nursing students. The results showed a tendency to negative attitudes of these students in face of alcoholism, alcoholic person and alcoholic drinks, since most participants were placed in category indifferent or disagree with the positive items, agreeing with negative scale items. We conclude that this trend of negative attitudes is connected to insufficient attention given to the subject during the nurses' education, being verified the need for greater importance to be given to this problem. PMID:23681384

Vargas, Divane; Bittencourt, Marina Nolli


Enhancing nursing students' clinical experiences using aesthetics.  


Traditional nursing education is based strongly in empiric knowledge. However, just as important as empiric knowledge is aesthetic knowledge. Nursing involves multiple ways of knowing, and as such, educational institutions have a responsibility to assist students in gaining knowledge in nontraditonal ways. This article describes an assignment implemented in a pediatric course in a baccalaureate nursing program. Books and movies were used in a an undergraduate nursing course to help students gain insight into illness and disability from the client and family perspective. The students in the course were required to reflect on the meaning of the movie/book and the influence the book/movie had on the student. Based on student responses, this assignment was successful in meeting the objectives originally proposed. The books and movies provided a beginning introduction to, and an appreciation for, client and family experiences. Students were helped to understand illness, abuse, disability, and/or death from the client and/or family perspective. PMID:15682163

Northington, Ladonna; Wilkerson, Robin; Fisher, Wanda; Schenk, Laura


Evaluation of the Student Selection Processes in Nursing Schools.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Institutional and applicant perspectives on the recruitment of nursing school students are explored, and factors contributing to the growth rate in graduates from nursing programs or acting as barriers to an effective student selection program are examine...



Student Nurses View an Abortion Client: Attitude and Context Effects.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Presents two studies of the relationship between student nurses' attitudes and patient perception with regard to abortion. Results indicate that the student nurses' judgments were related to their prevailing attitude toward abortion and to their religiosity. (Author/MA)|

Fischer, Edward H.



Preparing nursing students for education in the global village.  


Educating nurses for the 21st century requires a broad understanding of the health needs of local and global communities. With an increasingly diverse population, nursing students in the United States can gain a unique perspective on health disparities and challenges in providing healthcare for diverse populations. Nursing education has the opportunity to engage students in our global village by providing clinical and theory-based educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Some nursing educational settings in schools of nursing provide global nursing opportunities to explore the social responsibility of nursing. This paper details a specific framework and opportunities for engaging undergraduate and graduate nursing students in caring for the underserved in our global village. Opportunities in the Fulbright Student Exchange Program and Fulbright Senior Scholar Award mechanisms are discussed, and partnerships with international nursing programs are explored. PMID:23073249

Nicholas, Patrice K; Corless, Inge B; Fulmer, Holly; Meedzan, Nancy


The Lived Experience of How Adult Nursing Students Blend Lifestyle Obligations with Nursing School Expectations  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Many adult nursing students have lifestyle obligations that require integration with nursing school programs in order to graduate and fulfill their dreams of becoming a nurse. Fourteen participants shared their stories of how they were able to blend their lifestyles commitments with nursing school. Student interaction between lifestyle…

Coutrier, Karen A.



A longitudinal study of stress and psychological distress in nurses and nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Aim. The aim of this study was to investigate how differences in life events and stress contribute to psychological distress in nurses and nursing students. Background. Stress is an issue for nursing students and qualified nurses leading to psychological distress and attrition. Design. A longitudinal study using four time waves was conducted between 1994-1997. Methods. Measures were taken of stress,

Eric Gardiner; Richard Hogston; Helen Gibson; Anne Stimpson; Robert Wrate; Ian Deary



Accelerating ESL Students' Reading Progress With Accelerated Reader.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Examines the benefits of the Accelerated Reader program on English-as-a-second-language fourth and fifth grade students in a school in rural West North Carolina. Notes that anecdotal records provided evidence of improvement in students' reading behaviors and attitudes toward reading. Shows that while there was only a moderate overall increase in…

McGlinn, Jeanne M.; Parrish, Amy



Experiences and emotions of faculty teaching in accelerated second baccalaureate degree nursing programs.  


The number of accelerated second baccalaureate degree nursing (ASBSN) programs has mushroomed over recent decades, with more than 225 currently in existence. Scholars have described students and programs, but research examining the faculty experience is limited. The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences and emotions of faculty teaching students in ASBSN programs. Using a descriptive qualitative survey design, faculty (N = 138) from 25 randomly selected programs in 11 midwestern states were surveyed using an instrument developed for this study and distributed online. Ten themes emerged, including (a) Engaging With Motivated, Mature, and Diverse Students, (b) Students Choosing Nursing for the "Wrong Reasons," (c) Too Much Work, Too Little Time for Students and Faculty, (d) Amazement, (e) Pride, and (f) Frustration. These findings will help novice and seasoned ASBSN faculty interpret their experiences, strengthen precepting and mentoring activities, and support administrators in determining staffing plans and designing ASBSN programs. PMID:23758157

Brandt, Cheryl L; Boellaard, Melissa R; Zorn, Cecelia R



Physiological differences during decision making between experienced nurses and nursing students: a pilot study.  


The purpose of this quasi-experimental pilot study was to explore the difference in sympathetic activity between groups of experienced nurses and nursing students during a clinical scenario. Eleven female, senior-level nursing students and 10 female nurses with more than 5 years of nursing experience participated in a computer-generated scenario, while simultaneously having their skin conductance recorded. Experienced nurses generated significantly more skin conductance responses than did the nursing students, and they had a higher score on the clinical scenario. The presence of a bodily signal was found to occur statistically more often in experienced nurses than in nursing students during clinical decision making, which has theoretical and practical implications for nurse educators who seek to aid students in developing sound decision making. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(11):649-652.]. PMID:24127613

Payne, Leslie Karns



Nursing students hope to establish inaugural health club  

Microsoft Academic Search

Three Broome nursing students have flown to Albury, NSW to take part in the 2007 National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) Conference entitled, “Staying Strong: Thriving in the Bush.”Second year nursing students Kristie Ballagh, Clare Kennedy and Jerry Moore were awarded scholarships by the National Rural Health Network to attend the five-day event and are among 250 nursing students from around

Mike Doyle



Beliefs Held by Associate Degree Nursing Students about Role Models.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Reports on a study of the professional socialization of associate degree nursing (ADN) students. Reviews previous research on the process of nursing socialization. Presents study findings based on responses from 1,877 nursing students in 20 ADN programs, focusing on students' characteristics and ideal and actual role models. (DMM)|

Bellinger, Kathleen; And Others



Facilitating Trust Engenderment in Secondary School Nurse Interactions with Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|School nurses are involved in a complex framework of interactions with students, other professionals, parents, and administrators. Trust between nurse and student is critical for interaction effectiveness. The goal of this study was to understand through phenomenology the process of engendering trust in school nurse-high school student

Summach, Anne H. J.



Nursing and medical students' sexual attitudes and knowledge. Curricular implications.  


Sexual attitudes and knowledge of graduate nursing students were compared with those of sophomore medical students in a large, urban Midwestern university and also with the national normative values for nonmedical graduate students. The Sex Knowledge and Attitude Test (SKAT) was used to collect data. Graduate nursing students did not differ significantly in the attitude and knowledge of human sexuality when compared with sophomore medical students. Graduate nonmedical students were not significantly more knowledgeable, but were significantly more tolerant toward human sexuality than sophomore medical students and graduate nursing students. The fundamental implication is the need for more constructive education in human sexuality as a planned part of the nursing curricula. PMID:6906463

Kuczynski, H J


Nursing students' attitudes toward ageism in Turkey.  


This research involved a descriptive study with the goal of examining the attitudes of 145 Turkish nursing students studying toward ageism and the factors affecting ageism views. A Student Description Form and the Ageism Attitude Scale (AAS) were the data collection instruments used in this study. Statistical evaluation of the data included percentage, median and Kruskal Wallis Test and Mann-Whitney U-test. The average age of student participants was 20.10 ± 3.52; further 37.9% of these students were 1st year nursing students, 25.5% of were 2nd year, 11.7% were 3rd year, and 24.8% were 4th year students. Of the students in this study 63.4% had completed coursework in elderly health as part of undergraduate study. Average scores on the AAS students were 84.01 ± 7.61 points. Most female students who completed classes related to elderly health, either lived with or planned to live with at least one elderly parent after starting a family or already experienced having an elderly relative in their home. These students tended to have positive attitudes toward aging. PMID:21353316

Usta, Yasemin Yildirim; Demir, Yurdanur; Yönder, Melike; Yildiz, Aynur



Perception of nursing students towards internship.  


The study, undertaken to assess the perception of students regarding integrated internship in the preparation of staff nurse position among the BSc (N) final year undergraduate students included 43 students (21, 47% female and 22, 53% male) in the hospital setting of Chennai (TN). Majority of students (96%) perceived that there was significant enrichment in preparation in the three aspects: knowledge, skill and attitude and that due to their learning in the internship period, they would confidently function independently in the ward in discharge of their duties. PMID:23362739

Suresh, Hema



Identifying at-risk nursing students using a midcurricular examination.  


The purpose of this study was to investigate the usefulness of the midcurricular HESI examination in identifying at-risk students early in their nursing program. The sample included baccalaureate nursing graduates from two university programs in the southeastern United States (n = 256). A quasi-experimental design was used to determine how well the midcurricular HESI predicted outcomes on the HESI E(2) and the NCLEX-RN passing status while controlling for demographic and institutional covariates. The study used logistic regression and multiple linear regression to analyze the hypotheses. The midcurricular HESI examination was found to be a statistically significant predictor of NCLEX-RN outcome both before (P = .044) and after (P = .041) controlling for demographic factors. The study further found a statistically significant relationship between the midcurricular HESI and the HESI E(2) examinations (P < .001). In the post hoc analyses, students from the Accelerated and Fast Track degree programs scored significantly higher than did students in the Traditional Track on the midcurricular HESI examination. There were no statistically significant differences in HESI E(2) scores or NCLEX-RN outcomes among the degree tracks. As anticipated, there was a statistically significant difference in both midcurricular HESI (P < .043) and HESI E(2) (P < .016) scores between students who passed and those who failed NCLEX-RN. This study indicates that the midcurricular HESI examination is very useful in predicting outcomes in baccalaureate nursing education programs. PMID:23542307

Buckner, Martha M; Dietrich, Mary S; Merriman, Carolyn; Keeley, Jennifer Peterson



Leveling EBP content for undergraduate nursing students.  


Integration of evidence into practice is an essential outcome for baccalaureate nursing students in this era of health care reform. Cultivation of a spirit of inquiry and appreciation for the role of evidence in shaping nursing practice is central to the development of requisite knowledge and skills. A baccalaureate nursing program curricular redesign placed a higher emphasis on evidence-based practice. The evidence-based practice focus of the undergraduate curriculum is a sequence of 3 undergraduate research courses designed to prepare the graduate to identify, locate, read, and critically appraise evidence at the individual study, systematic review, and clinical practice guideline levels. This curriculum lays the foundation for evidence-based practice in the clinical arena and in graduate nursing programs. PMID:23910923

Bloom, Kathaleen C; Olinzock, Barbara J; Radjenovic, Doreen; Trice, Lucy B


Risk of physical assaults among student nurses.  


This study was undertaken within two teaching hospitals (one general and one psychiatric) in a large health board. Its purpose was to compare the rates of physical assaults on student nurses with those on other grades of nursing staff, to explore the aetiological factors associated with attack, and to identify what preventive measures were in place and what support systems were available for affected staff. Data were collected from completed incident forms and from a semi-structured questionnaire administered to the student nurses. The rate of reported assault was much higher in the psychiatric hospital than the general hospital, but the severity of the assault was greater in the general hospital. Age and height were not risk factors for assaults. The study showed inadequate training, under-reporting of incidents, poor utilization of occupational health departments and a lack of support for victims of physical assaults. PMID:7579300

Grenade, G; Macdonald, E



Attitudes toward Older People among Nursing Students and Registered Nurses in Sweden.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|A survey of 151 undergraduate nursing students and 41 registered nurses in Sweden found that those who were under 25, male, or had limited prior experience caring for older people had less favorable attitudes toward the elderly. First-year students were more negative than third-year students. No differences among nurses in different practice…

Soderhamn, Olle; Lindencrona, Catharina; Gustavsson, Siw Merit



Student nurses' personality traits and the nursing profession: part 2.  


Individuals' attitudes stem partly from their personality traits, which may influence their interpersonal relationships with patients. Although personality traits are somewhat genetically determined, research has found that there are other factors that may influence this, such as self-esteem, family, social and clinical environments, and education. Part one of this article explained the research process of this cross-sectional descriptive study, which assessed the personality traits of two cohorts of nursing/midwifery students (n=116, aged 19-44 years) in their third year of the Diploma/BSc (Hons) programme at the University of Malta (Baldacchino and Galea, 2012). Data were collected in 2006 using the NEO Five-Factor Inventory (Costa and McCrae, 1992c). In part two, the authors demonstrate that students obtained low neuroticism scores, average openness scores, and high agreeableness, extraversion and conscientiousness scores. Irrespective of nursing/midwifery programmes, age and gender, similar mean scores were identified in all five personality domains. These findings are consistent with previous studies, with some exceptions related to significant differences in gender and religiosity. Further larger scale longitudinal research is recommended on nursing/midwifery and allied healthcare students, to exhibit a possible profile pattern across time and other influencing factors. PMID:22585266

Baldacchino, Donia R; Galea, Paul


International Nursing Students: A Phenomenological Perspective.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Results of a survey of 16 nursing students and interviews with 11 regarding international education experience were distilled into 4 themes--preparing, adjusting, caring, and transforming--that were influenced by culture, values, and ethics. All participants experienced shock related to culture or to the poverty they encountered. (Contains 19…

Pross, Elizabeth



Addressing the mental health nurse shortage: Undergraduate nursing students working as assistants in nursing in inpatient mental health settings.  


The population of mental health nurses is ageing and in the next few years we can expect many to retire. This paper makes an argument for the employment of undergraduate nursing students as Assistants in Nursing (AINs) in mental health settings as a strategy to encourage them to consider a career in mental health nursing. Skill mix in nursing has been debated since at least the 1980s. It appears that the use of AINs in general nursing is established and will continue. The research suggests that with the right skill mix, nursing outcomes and safety are not compromised. It seems inevitable that assistants in nursing will increasingly be part of the mental health nursing workforce; it is timely for mental health nurses to lead these changes so nursing care and the future mental health nursing workforce stay in control of nursing. PMID:24093746

Browne, Graeme; Cashin, Andrew; Graham, Iain; Shaw, Warren



Differential Dimensions of Death Anxiety in Nursing Students with and without Nursing Experience  

Microsoft Academic Search

Researchers have demonstrated death anxiety in nursing professionals; however, it is unclear as to when this anxiety develops. This study used a multidimensional measure to investigate death anxiety in a group of experienced (n = 53) and inexperienced (n = 49) nursing students and a control group of non-nursing students (n = 50). Experienced nursing students reported significantly more fear of the dying process than inexperienced

Yi-Chuen Chen; Kevin S. Del Ben; Beverly L. Fortson; Jean Lewis



Student Selection and Retention in Nursing Schools. Health Manpower References.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|In order to provide all eligible nursing school applicants with equal access to careers in professional nursing and to assure an adequate supply of professional nurses, a study was conducted to identify factors that contribute to the successful recruitment, selection, and retention of students by nursing schools. A questionnaire was sent to all…

National League for Nursing, New York, NY.


How Do Students Learn on a Primary Nursing Care Unit?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

When a unit's staff changed from a team nursing to a primary nursing approach to care, the role of students gaining experience there changed to that of associate nurse, who is accountable for providing continuity of care to the primary nurses' patients. (Editor/TA)

Hall, Mary Barbera



Student Selection and Retention in Nursing Schools. Health Manpower References.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In order to provide all eligible nursing school applicants with equal access to careers in professional nursing and to assure an adequate supply of professional nurses, a study was conducted to identify factors that contribute to the successful recruitment, selection, and retention of students by nursing schools. A questionnaire was sent to all…

National League for Nursing, New York, NY.


Using Accelerated Reader with ESL Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Describes the use of Accelerated Reader, a computer program that instantly provides scored tests on a variety of books read by high school ESL (English as a Second Language) students as free voluntary reading. Topics include reading improvement programs, including writing assignments; and changes in students' reading habits. (LRW)|

Hamilton, Betty



Textbook treatments and students' understanding of acceleration  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The ways in which the concept of acceleration is treated in physics textbooks is compared with understandings of the concept demonstrated by final-year secondary (n=30) and first-year university students (n=60). Some students' understandings are shown to be incomplete in ways that parallel misleading or inaccurate textbook treatment of the concept.

Dall'Alba, Gloria



Exploring nurse students' expectations for developing a quality assurance course  

Microsoft Academic Search

Aim : The aim of this qualitative study was to explore nurse students' expectations on a quality assurance course and to use the data provided for further development of the course. Method and material : The sample studied consisted of 12 postgraduate nurse students who were anticipated to attend a quality assurance course for nurses in U.K. Data were collected

Areti Stavropoulou; Theodora Stroubouki



International exchange program: findings from Taiwanese graduate nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study explored Taiwanese graduate nursing students’ transcultural experiences in the United States during an international exchange program. A qualitative method with content analysis was used to analyze journal entries on perceptions of American culture, American nursing, and reflections on personal and professional growth written by nine graduate nursing students from Taiwan. The mean age of the participants was 32

Carol Shieh



Impact of School Nurse Case Management on Students with Asthma  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This project determined asthma prevalence in a large school district, absentee rates, and potential effects of school nurse case management for student asthma over three years. Data were derived from an asthma tracking tool used by nurses in one school district for every student reported as having asthma by their parent. School nurses began…

Taras, Howard; Wright, Sandra; Brennan, Jesse; Campana, Jack; Lofgren, RoseMarie



Nursing Students' Perceptions of Bullying Behaviours by Classmates  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|The purpose of this non-experimental descriptive study was to explore types, sources, and frequency of bullying behaviours that nursing students experience while in nursing school. The study also evaluated resources utilised by nursing students to cope with these bullying behaviours. Six hundred thirty-six participants completed the…

Cooper, Janet R. M.; Walker, Jean T.; Winters, Karen; Williams, P. Renee; Askew, Rebecca; Robinson, Jennifer C.



Life History and Zimbabwean Nursing Student: "Global Boarder"  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A considerable number of students undertaking pre-registration nurse education in the UK are international students from Zimbabwe. The traditional strength of nursing education in Zimbabwe itself has been the large labour pool available for recruitment into the programmes. However, the numbers of recruits to UK nursing courses from Zimbabwe…

Dyson, Sue



Impact of School Nurse Case Management on Students with Asthma  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This project determined asthma prevalence in a large school district, absentee rates, and potential effects of school nurse case management for student asthma over three years. Data were derived from an asthma tracking tool used by nurses in one school district for every student reported as having asthma by their parent. School nurses began…

Taras, Howard; Wright, Sandra; Brennan, Jesse; Campana, Jack; Lofgren, RoseMarie



A Qualitative Look at Leisure Benefits for Taiwanese Nursing Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to determine attitudes of first year nursing students toward leisure participation at the Jen-Te Junior College of Medicine Nursing and Management in Miao-Li, Taiwan. The three research questions used for this study were: What types of leisure activities do first year nursing students at Jen-Te Junior College…

Hsieh, Shwu-Ching; Spaulding, Angela; Riney, Mark



Improving Associate Degree Nursing Students' Perioperative Clinical Observation Experiences  

Microsoft Academic Search

For associate degree nursing students at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, the perioperative nursing clinical experience typically included a one-day observation of a surgical procedure, with students entering the OR suite after the surgery started and having to leave before the surgery was completed. An associate professor of nursing and a perioperative staff education coordinator partnered to address this lack of

Donna L. Ricketts; Susan E. Gray



Nursing students' self-efficacy in providing transcultural care  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aim of any health care service is to provide optimal quality care to clients and families regardless of their ethnic group. As today's Australian society comprises a multicultural population that encompasses clients with different cultural norms and values, this study examined undergraduate nursing students' self-efficacy in providing transcultural nursing care. A sample of 196 nursing students enrolled in the

Janet Lim; Jill Downie; Pauline Nathan



Life History and Zimbabwean Nursing Student: "Global Boarder"  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|A considerable number of students undertaking pre-registration nurse education in the UK are international students from Zimbabwe. The traditional strength of nursing education in Zimbabwe itself has been the large labour pool available for recruitment into the programmes. However, the numbers of recruits to UK nursing courses from Zimbabwe…

Dyson, Sue



Nursing Students' Perceptions of Bullying Behaviours by Classmates  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this non-experimental descriptive study was to explore types, sources, and frequency of bullying behaviours that nursing students experience while in nursing school. The study also evaluated resources utilised by nursing students to cope with these bullying behaviours. Six hundred thirty-six participants completed the…

Cooper, Janet R. M.; Walker, Jean T.; Winters, Karen; Williams, P. Renee; Askew, Rebecca; Robinson, Jennifer C.



Journal club intervention in promoting evidence-based nursing: perceptions of nursing students.  


This study focused on nursing journal clubs as an intervention in promoting evidence-based nursing. Nursing journal clubs refer to arranged meetings where nurses convene to discuss the use of research knowledge in nursing practice. Researchers and directors of a university hospital planned the intervention. The study aimed to assess learning and utilization of research knowledge after implementation of nursing journal clubs from the perspective of nursing students. In journal clubs, answers were sought from scientific nursing articles to solve nursing problems specified by each ward/outpatient unit. Nursing students paired up to make an oral presentation of a research article to staff nurses. After the presentation, they acted as chairpersons in the discussion. The students had a vocational nursing diploma and were aiming at bachelor's degree in nursing. After the final club meeting, the students (n = 53) responded to a questionnaire. The results indicated that the students were not able to utilize the studies to the same extent as they learnt from them. Age, work experience and participation in research and development activities were connected to learning. Despite limitations, the results may be used to develop nursing journal clubs as a learning and collaboration method between nurse education and health care. PMID:23414641

Mattila, Lea-Riitta; Rekola, Leena; Koponen, Leena; Eriksson, Elina



Information-seeking behavior of nursing students and clinical nurses: implications for health sciences librarians*  

PubMed Central

Objectives: This research was conducted to provide new insights on clinical nurses' and nursing students' current use of health resources and libraries and deterrents to their retrieval of electronic clinical information, exploring implications from these findings for health sciences librarians. Methods: Questionnaires, interviews, and observations were used to collect data from twenty-five nursing students and twenty-five clinical nurses. Results: Nursing students and clinical nurses were most likely to rely on colleagues and books for medical information, while other resources they frequently cited included personal digital assistants, electronic journals and books, and drug representatives. Significantly more nursing students than clinical nurses used online databases, including CINAHL and PubMed, to locate health information, and nursing students were more likely than clinical nurses to report performing a database search at least one to five times a week. Conclusions and Recommendations: Nursing students made more use of all available resources and were better trained than clinical nurses, but both groups lacked database-searching skills. Participants were eager for more patient care information, more database training, and better computer skills; therefore, health sciences librarians have the opportunity to meet the nurses' information needs and improve nurses' clinical information-seeking behavior.

Dee, Cheryl; Stanley, Ellen E.



Second Year Associate Degree Nursing Students and Nursing Faculty Attitudes towards Clinical Educational Experiences  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Professional registered nursing is an essential part of the health care system and student nurses need experimental learning with actual patients to learn to practice as a nurse. The health care system has changed dramatically and nursing schools have decreasing access to the health care agencies. The clinical educational experience develops…

LaFauci, Frances F.



U.S. Army Survey of Nurses and Nursing Students: Sampling Frame and Survey Development.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

This report describes the rationale for the study of nurses and the development of the sampling frame and questionnaires for a survey of registered nurses and nursing students. An understanding of the perceptions of the U.S. Army and Army nursing by regis...

P. Lerro J. Morrison P. Ramsberger



42 CFR 57.310 - Repayment and collection of nursing student loans.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

... false Repayment and collection of nursing student loans. 57.310 Section 57...IMPROVEMENTS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT LOANS Nursing Student Loans § 57.310 Repayment and collection of nursing student loans. (a)...



42 CFR 57.310 - Repayment and collection of nursing student loans.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

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42 CFR 57.307 - Maximum amount of nursing student loans.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

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42 CFR 57.306 - Eligibility and selection of nursing student loan applicants.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

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42 CFR 57.307 - Maximum amount of nursing student loans.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

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42 CFR 57.306 - Eligibility and selection of nursing student loan applicants.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

... Eligibility and selection of nursing student loan applicants. 57.306...SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUDENT LOANS Nursing Student Loans § 57.306 Eligibility and selection of nursing student loan applicants. (a)...



Differential Dimensions of Death Anxiety in Nursing Students with and without Nursing Experience  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Researchers have demonstrated death anxiety in nursing professionals; however, it is unclear as to when this anxiety develops. This study used a multidimensional measure to investigate death anxiety in a group of experienced (n = 53) and inexperienced (n = 49) nursing students and a control group of non-nursing students (n = 50). Experienced…

Chen, Yi-Chuen; Ben, Kevin S. Del; Fortson, Beverly L.; Lewis, Jean



An outcome-based evaluation of nursing competency of baccalaureate senior nursing students in Taiwan.  


Limited literature is available for demographic and learning factors related to performance of baccalaureate nursing students. The study aimed at examining mean differences in nursing competency between the first week and the sixth week of a nursing clinical practicum as well as evaluating mean differences in nursing competency by demographic and learning factors at the sixth week of a nursing clinical practicum controlling for baseline scores of nursing competency. A comparative study design was conducted using the competency inventory for baccalaureate senior nursing students based on learning outcomes. Participants were surveyed at the first week and the sixth week of a nursing practicum with 95% mean response rate. Paired t test was used to compare within-subjects differences in mean nursing competency. ANCOVA and Kruskal-Wallis test, and Mann-Whitney U test were conducted to compare between-subjects differences in mean nursing competency. There are significant mean differences in nursing competency in general clinical skills, lifelong learning, clinical biomedical science, caring, and critical thinking and reasoning between the 1st week and the 6th week of nursing practicum. Likewise, type of nursing program, prior schooling, type of nursing license, interest in nursing, and extracurricular activity experience were significantly related to mean total nursing competency. Similarly, demographic attributes (location of school, type of nursing program, prior schooling, type of nursing license, a family member working as a medical practitioner or a nurse, interest in nursing, attributes of preferred workplace after college) and learning factors (extracurricular activity experience, played an active role in classroom discussions and asked questions, academic class rank, and English grade, clinical biomedical science, nursing science, and nursing practicum) were significantly related to six-subscale scores of nursing competency. There are mean differences in nursing competency across several demographic and learning factors. These factors should be given greater emphasis by nurse educators in planning the academic and clinical phases of professional education. PMID:23428366

Hsieh, Suh-Ing; Hsu, Li-Ling



A selected bibliography for nursing faculty and students.  


This bibliography is prepared for nursing faculty and nursing students to acquaint them with some resources which might contribute to their success. The bibliography is divided into two parts: (1) resources for nursing faculty; and (2) resources for nursing students. The major content of the resources for nursing faculty are: mentoring; research and publishing; tenure and new information technologies. The resources for nursing students contain: study tips and skills; success of the NCLEX-RN exam and informational monographs. With the time constraints of nursing faculty and nursing students and the abundance of materials available, this bibliography provides a set of resources for them to peruse. Electronic resources, journal articles, and monographs are included. PMID:19715228

Craig, Paula



Legal Aspects of Nursing Education and Students' Rights.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Papers read at the 1978 conference on the legal aspects of nursing education and students' rights are presented. The conference was sponsored by the New England Council on Higher Education for Nursing and was attended by representatives of educational ins...




Microsoft Academic Search

Nursing education literature documents the extent to which student nurses fail to correctly use mathematics to accurately complete such tasks as unit conversions, dosage calculations, and fluid monitoring. Guided by \\

James J. Vagliardo; Jean Schmittau


Faculty notions regarding caring in male nursing students.  


Men are entering the field of nursing in increasing numbers. As men enter nursing programs, they may encounter role stereotyping and gender bias through the faculty's assumption of stereotypical notions of caring. The purpose of this interpretive phenomenological study was to describe the ways faculty perceive and respond to caring in male nursing students to better understand how to facilitate it. The central question for this study was: What are the essences and meaning of nursing faculty notions regarding caring in male nursing students? Six faculty members in a nursing program with a large percentage of male student enrollment were interviewed. Applying a phenomenological data analysis method, the researchers identified six themes: altruism, antecedents, attainment, ambiguity, agency, and anecdotes. Implications for nursing education and practice are made, including the need to recognize, allow, and support male nursing student ways of caring. PMID:18630717

Grady, Carole A; Stewardson, Gary A; Hall, Janice L



Telling the story of role conflict among black nurses and black nursing students: a literature review.  


Racism continues to affect minority nursing students and nurses in professional roles. A selective review of the literature published from 1992 to 2011 was conducted using the Cumulative Index of Literature in Nursing and Allied Health, ScienceDirect, and EBSCOhost. Keywords used included racism within nursing, minority nurses and role conflict, cultural diversity within nursing, racism, and diversity. The purpose of this review is to describe Black nurses' and Black nursing students' experiences of role conflict as an outcome of perceived racism within the nursing profession to gain an understanding of factors that contribute to perceived racism and role conflict. Noblit's and Hare's framework for metasynthesis of the data was used to identify and synthesize key concepts. The role perspectives of Hardy and Conway guided the review to develop a conceptual framework for minority role conflict and the nursing implications discussed herein. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(9):517-524.]. PMID:23952773

Robinson, Ora V



Reconceptualization of community health nursing clinicals for undergraduate students.  


The multilevel community intervention model is a way of maximizing community resources and services and providing a community focus for undergraduate community health nursing students. The rationale for a change from traditional community health nursing clinical experiences to more community focused ones and current nursing standards supporting this change are identified. The model and its utilization with undergraduate nursing students is discussed. Three groups of undergraduate community health nursing students will each implement one piece of the model and through group discussions learn about the total model. PMID:9503955

Helvie, C O; Nichols, B S



Perceptions of nursing profession and learning experiences of male students in baccalaureate nursing program in Changsha, China.  


Using Colaizzi's framework, this qualitative study explored perceptions of the nursing profession and learning experiences of male students in a baccalaureate nursing program in Changsha, China. Data were collected through in-depth interviews on 14 subjects and analyzed with software Nvivo 8.0. Six theme clusters emerged as the following: (1) entering nursing field, (2) perceptions of nursing profession, (3) difficulties in studying nursing, (4) inner feelings, (5) impact of being a nursing student, and (6) career plans. The experiences and perceptions of nursing and studying nursing were mainly negative, revealing issues stemming from the method of student recruitment for the baccalaureate nursing program, gender bias in nursing teaching, and social views on nursing work. In addition, psychological pressure on male nursing students is significant factor and should not be ignored. The implications for nurse educators are outlined, with suggestions to facilitate the recruitment and retention of more male nursing students. PMID:20392548

Wang, Honghong; Li, Xianhong; Hu, Xiaoping; Chen, Haihua; Gao, Yanna; Zhao, Huifang; Huang, Ling



Predictors of students' success in community college nursing programs.  


Many conceptual models have been applied in the investigation of college retention of nursing students. We tested a model that specifies four general constructs as predictors of student success in nursing education-dispositional factors, career value factors, situational factors, and institutional factors. The purpose of this article is to describe predictors of nursing students' success, specifically: (a) What factors predict success of nursing students graduating from community colleges in California? and (b) What factors predict success of nursing students graduating on time from community colleges in California? The study design was correlational and descriptive in nature, with a convenience sample of six intervention colleges and six matched-pair control colleges. Results of the logistic regressions indicated on-time and any-time graduations were predicted by higher grade point averages in prenursing and science. Higher prenursing grades are positive predictors of graduation; improvements in performance prior to commencing nursing education should improve student success. PMID:22849766

Seago, Jean Ann; Keane, Dennis; Chen, Eric; Spetz, Joanne; Grumbach, Kevin



The Nursing Home as a Site for Teaching Medical Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Responses to questionnaires were compared between 106 students in nursing homes with those of 171 students in hospitals to evaluate interview and physical examination instruction for medical students. The nursing home was assessed as an appropriate alternative site for teaching the medical interview and physical diagnosis. (GLR)

Wiener, Myra; Shamaskin, Ann



Proactive Reflection in the Development of Nursing Student Clinical Judgment  

Microsoft Academic Search

This qualitative study investigates one mechanism for teaching nursing students to be prepared to handle difficult patient situations. Students were required to proactively assess a clinical situation prior to engaging in a solution. This concept of ldquoproactiverdquo reflection utilizing clinical simulations in a nursing laboratory was tested to determine if exposing students to these situations would allow them to be

James L. Bowen; Carole Mckenzie; Kim Bruce



Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills in Associate Degree Nursing Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A study examined the change in the critical thinking skills of associate degree nursing students as they progressed through their educational process at the Reedsburg campus of Madison Area Technical College (MATC) in Wisconsin. The study sample consisted of two cohorts of 24 students each (students entering MATC's associate degree nursing program…

Soukup, Frances


Nursing Students and Technology: Is Virtual Simulation Feasible?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: Simulation learning scenarios are increasingly utilized in nursing education as a way for students to gain experience taking care of patients. Virtual reality is a developing technology where students can participate in nursing simulation scenarios. Student accessibility to virtual reality technology is a potential barrier for implementing this teaching-learning tool. This project will assess the technology needed for virtual

Craig Stevens



Medical and nursing students crying in hospital settings.  


Crying may be described as a loss of control, the result of feelings of helplessness and inadequacy, or a sign of suffering. It may occur in a variety of situations, such as unhappiness, sadness, illness, death, anxiety, pain, or failure, but it can also arise from joy and fulfillment. Crying is frequently observed in hospitals. The aim of this study was to determine the crying patterns of undergraduate medical and nursing students. The study design included non-experimental, descriptive research using a self-report questionnaire. Of the 130 students who completed the questionnaire, 90 were medical students and 40 were nursing students. Seventy-nine of the students were women, and 51 were men. All of the students were in their last semester of study. Many of the medical and nursing students reported having cried in a hospital. Of students who had cried, 90% were women, and 10% were men. Medical students usually cried outside the hospital setting, whereas nursing students usually cried in the nurses' room. Personal problems faced by students during their education were the primary reason for crying. Although more than half of the students felt relaxed after crying, only the nursing students sought comfort from the people around them. These findings should be useful in the development and continuous improvement of the curricula of medical and nursing students. PMID:17058698

Kukulu, Kamile; Keser, Ilkay



Nursing Challenges in Motivating Nursing Students through Clinical Education: A Grounded Theory Study  

PubMed Central

Nurses are the first role models for students in clinical settings. They can have a significant role on students' motivation. The purpose of this study was to explore the understanding of nursing students and instructors concerning the role of nurses in motivating nursing students through clinical education. The sampling was first started purposefully and continued with theoretical sampling. The study collected qualitative data through semistructured and interactive interviews with 16 nursing students and 4 nursing instructors. All interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using grounded theory approach. One important pattern emerged in this study was the “concerns of becoming a nurse,” which itself consisted of three categories: “nurses clinical competency,” “nurses as full-scale mirror of the future,” and “Monitoring and modeling through clinical education” (as the core variable). The findings showed that the nurses' manners of performance as well as the profession's prospect have a fundamental role in the process of formation of motivation through clinical education. Students find an insight into the nursing profession by substituting themselves in the place of a nurse, and as result, are or are not motivated towards the clinical education.

Nasrin, Hanifi; Soroor, Parvizy; Soodabeh, Joolaee



BLAST model: an innovative approach to prepare second-degree accelerated BSN students for inpatient psychiatric clinical experiences.  


This article describes the design, development, and implementation of an innovative teaching/learning model involving integration of classroom teaching, clinical simulation, and debriefing/critical thinking to prepare accelerated baccalaureate nursing students for clinical practice experiences in the inpatient psychiatric setting. Lessons learned and future directions for simulation experiences involving standardized patient scenarios in undergraduate psychiatric nursing education are shared. PMID:23394963

Lang, Carol S; Hahn, Joyce A



Journal clubs: a strategy to teach civility to nursing students.  


Incivility affects nurses and nursing students and can negatively influence patient care and the quality of nursing education. The Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing recommended implementation of strategies to manage incivility and build social capital. The purpose of this mixed methods study was to explore the influence of a journal club as an educational intervention to build civility and academic integrity among nursing students. Seventy-nine nursing students completed the Nurses' Intervention for Civility Education Questionnaire and the Ways of Coping Questionnaire before and after the Civility Journal Club intervention. Students involved in the Civility Journal Club were more aware of civility and incivility, more likely to be helpful to their peers, and better equipped to cope with episodes of incivility. PMID:22432534

Kerber, Cindy; Jenkins, Sheryl; Woith, Wendy; Kim, Myoungjin



Interactive Videodisc Use and Evaluation by Junior Nursing Students  

PubMed Central

This paper presents evaluation data from 67 junior nursing students who were required to complete an interactive videodisc program on nursing care of diabetic patients. Although no significant differences in learning were detected between these students and students learning the content via lecture, students using the interactive videodisc program reported positive attitudes toward interactive video, and given all learning strategies preferred it the most. No correlations were found between student learning style and exam scores.

Weiner, Elizabeth E.; Woodside, Donna J.



Exploring nursing students' level of preparedness for disaster response.  


This descriptive study explores students' perceptions of personal and program preparedness for disasters. Participants in this online survey included 1,348 nursing students from every state plus Guam, Puerto Rico, and theVirgin Islands. The study explored three questions: a) the level of preparedness, including learning about different types of disasters, preparing disaster plans, creating disaster kits, and participating in community disaster response efforts; b) the impact of disasters on nursing students; and c) strategies to assist nursing students during disasters. Results indicated that nursing students throughout the country are generally not well prepared for disasters. Nurse educators need to develop strategies to prepare their students for disasters. The American Red Cross provides templates for organizations, including colleges and universities, to prepare their campuses for emergencies. Faculty need to collaborate with staff and students to develop and implement plans appropriate for their programs. PMID:22235694

Schmidt, Cheryl K; Davis, Jennifer M; Sanders, Jenna L; Chapman, Laura A; Cisco, Mary Catherine; Hady, Arlene R


Easing student transition to graduate nurse: A SIMulated Professional Learning Environment (SIMPLE) for final year student nurses.  


BACKGROUND: Preparing nursing students for making the transition to graduate nurse is crucial for entry into practice. Final year student nurses at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are required to undergo a consolidated clinical practice to prepare them for their transition to graduate nurse. AIM: To describe the development, implementation and evaluation of a simulation program known as SIMulated Professional Learning Environment (SIMPLE) in preparing the final year student nurses for their clinical practicum in transition to graduate nurse practice. METHOD: A set of simulation features and best practices were used as conceptual framework to develop and implement the simulation program. 94 final year student nurses participated in the 15-hour SIMPLE program that incorporated multiple simulation scenarios based on actual ward clinical practices. Pre and post-tests were conducted to assess the students' preparedness for their clinical practice in transition to graduate nurse practice. The students also completed a satisfaction questionnaire and open questions to evaluate their simulation experiences. RESULTS: The student nurses demonstrated a significant improvement (t=12.06, p<0.01) on post-test score (mean=117.21, SD=15.17) from pre-test score (mean=97.86, SD=15.08) for their perceived preparedness towards their clinical practicum in transition to graduate nurse practice. They were highly satisfied with their simulation learning. Themes emerged from the comments on the most valuable aspects of the SIMPLE program and ways to improve the program. CONCLUSION: The study provided evidences on the effectiveness of the SIMPLE program in enhancing the students' preparedness for their transition to graduate nurse practice. A key success of the SIMPLE program was the used of simulation strategy and the involvement of practicing nurses that closely linked the students with the realities of current nursing practice to prepare them for the role of staff nurses. PMID:23706963

Liaw, Sok Ying; Koh, Yiwen; Dawood, Rabiah; Kowitlawakul, Yanika; Zhou, Wentao; Lau, Siew Tiang



Effects of an intervention plan on nursing student success.  


Student attrition from nursing programs due to academic failure negatively affects students, nursing programs, and the health care industry. The purpose of this retrospective study was to determine the success of an intervention plan for practical nursing (PN) and associate degree nursing (ADN) students who were at risk for failure in coursework compared with outcomes from years without the plan. Records of 384 students were accessed. A 6% decrease in involuntary withdrawal due to academic failure with the intervention plans was noted. Sixty-four percent of the PN students and 86% of the ADN students with a plan completed the program. Ninety-six percent of the PN students and 84% of ADN students in intervention plans were successful on the NCLEX(®) on the first attempt. A statistically significant difference (p < 0.001) between traditional and nontraditional students in program completion existed prior to the intervention, which was eliminated with implementation of the intervention plans. PMID:22148932

Hadenfeldt, Cynthia J



Teacher Attitudes toward Academic Acceleration and Accelerated Students in the Netherlands  

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|In a survey study, we investigated teacher attitudes toward acceleration and accelerated students in the Netherlands. Teachers (N = 334) from 31 secondary schools gave their opinion about gifted education and acceleration, and evaluated statements about accelerated students. Most teachers considered a special approach for gifted students

Hoogeveen, Lianne; van Hell, Janet G.; Verhoeven, Ludo



Attrition and retention in the nursing major: understanding persistence in beginning nursing students.  


To meet the challenges of the ongoing nursing shortage, it is imperative to increase the retention of students enrolled in schools of nursing. This article reports on findings from a larger research study on faculty-directed strategies to address the attrition of beginning students during the early, nonclinical phase of nursing education. Four themes that influenced students' persistence in the nursing major were uncovered during interviews: Keeping Up, Not Giving Up, Doing It, and Connecting to the use of resources. Diekelmann's concernful practices as enacted by faculty are linked to student narratives. PMID:21280442

Williams, Margaret G


Nursing the numbers through faculty recruitment and student retention.  


A lack of nursing faculty is restricting program admissions when the need for registered nurses is critical. The authors discuss an innovative project that developed a pool of educators for the Texas Panhandle and retention strategies to promote student success in the nursing program. PMID:19412056

Pullen, Richard L; Mueller, Sheryl S; Ashcraft, Jennifer L


Implementation of Simulated Learning Experiences for Baccalaureate Pediatric Nursing Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article presents the development and implementation of simulated learning experiences for baccalaureate pediatric nursing students at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Learning experiences include use of simulated human pediatric patients and a simulated electronic medical record and are included in both didactic and clinical courses. Objectives include demonstration of pediatric nursing skills, synthesis of assessment findings, prioritization

Lauri A. Linder; Nancy Pulsipher



Students' Perceptions of Bullying Behaviours by Nursing Faculty  

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|This study describes the types, sources, and frequency of bullying behaviours encountered by nursing students in their final year of nursing education. Six hundred thirty-six respondents reported encountering at least one bullying behaviour from School of Nursing (SON) Faculty during one year of classroom or clinical course work. The results of…

Cooper, Janet R. M.; Walker, Jean; Askew, Rebecca; Robinson, Jennifer C.; McNair, Mary



Methods and Outcomes of Breastfeeding Instruction for Nursing Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Support from nurses can influence breastfeeding rates, but many nurses are not well-informed about breastfeeding topics. Surveys were used to assess the breastfeeding instruction provided in five nursing programs. Most students attended breastfeeding lectures, but only one-fourth received breastfeeding information during clinical activities. After completing their maternity rotation, less than 25 percent had as many as three clinical opportunities to

Gary L. Freed; Sarah J. Clark; Betty G. Harris; Deitra L. Lowdermilk



A Descriptive Analysis of Nursing Student Communication Behaviors  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article describes a pilot study to examine communication behaviors in nursing simulations. The nursing and communication faculty researchers used an interdisciplinary descriptive approach to examine 55 student nurses in 19 video recordings of patient simulations. The results demonstrated that using an interdisciplinary process can lead to a more diverse and thorough assessment of communication skills. This study supports the

Eileen R. O'Shea; Michael Pagano; Suzanne H. Campbell; Gregory Caso


Toward a Grounded Theory of Nursing Student Attrition  

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|Attrition of students from a nursing program is a significant concern. It is even more critical now because there are not enough nurses to fill all open positions in the healthcare industry. It is predicted the shortage will worsen in the next decade as an aging society increases the number of people requiring nursing care. While increasing the…

Cook, Lenora



Views of Student Nurses on Caring and Technology in Nursing  

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|Nurses entering the workforce are faced with many challenges, but today the multiple demands of patient care are complicated by a nurse's need to keep abreast of fast-changing technology. This research is universally relevant to nursing practice in educational settings and practice areas because nursing education needs to develop strategies to…

Brodell, Elizabeth Becky



School-Based Health Centers + School Nurses = Student Success  

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School-based health centers (SBHCs) and school nurses know that healthy students learn better. They share an important mission: providing preventive care for all students they serve, with the goal of keeping students in class learning. They both: (1) Educate students and families about healthy behaviors and nutrition; (2) Enroll students and…

National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, 2010



Preparation of nurses who precept baccalaureate nursing students: a descriptive study.  


Clinical preceptorship is employed by baccalaureate nursing education programs as a capstone experience and a means of initiating the professional socialization of senior-level students who will shortly be new graduates. This quantitative, descriptive study explored the perceptions about preceptor preparation among nurses who precept baccalaureate nursing students. Mercer's Role Attainment Theory was the theoretical framework for this study, in which 75 participants from two hospitals in the Midwest completed a survey. Two key findings emerged from the data: All preceptors of senior-level nursing students want to know what their responsibilities are with regard to the student and the preceptorship experience, and nurses in critical care areas identified learning how to teach critical thinking to senior-level students as more essential than did nurses in other areas. PMID:20000266

Rogan, Elizabeth



Retention and success of culturally diverse nursing students.  


One of the major issues facing the future of the nursing profession is to increase the ethnic diversity of the nursing workforce (Institute of Medicine, 2010). The United States population is quickly becoming a nation of minorities (Sullivan Commission, 2004) and the nursing population must adapt in order to provide high quality, culturally competent care. Oklahoma's most recent population statistics indicate a dire need to focus on increasing the Black, Hispanic, and multiracial registered nurse populations. Nursing programs are challenged with this recommendation because culturally diverse students have lower retention rates and higher academic failure rates than Caucasian students. The purpose of this systematic review was to describe common barriers for culturally diverse nursing students and discover best practices to promote retention and success. The findings may be used to encourage further development of beneficial practices and programs within Oklahoma, as well as stimulate additional nursing research on cultural diversity. PMID:24049982

Duerksen, Jennifer L


Nursing Students' Perceptions of a Holistic Nursing ConferenceEmpowerment, Self-Care, and Application to Practice  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to describe nursing students' perceptions of their experiences at the 2007 annual conference of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), and identify benefits of professional conference attendance as an educational strategy for undergraduate nursing students. Method: Sixteen nursing students attended the 2007 AHNA annual conference and made daily journal entries about their perceptions

Glenda Christiaens; JoAnn Abegglen; Alanna Rowley



The learning experiences of Taiwanese nursing students studying in Australia.  


Increasing numbers of international students from Asia are attracted to Australian higher education institutions. For many of these students, English is their second language (ESL). This article describes the experiences of 21 Taiwanese baccalaureate and graduate nursing students studying at Australian universities. Using a qualitative framework, semistructured interviews were conducted in the students'first language. The Chinese and English translations of the transcripts were analyzed using thematic content analysis. A picture emerges of Taiwanese nursing students who, despite obstacles, found a "joy of learning" in Australia. They developed strategies to overcome obstacles to their learning and advocated greater institutional and faculty support, including mentorship, for international students. The findings reinforce the unique difficulties ESL nursing students experience and highlight institutional and nursing faculties' responsibilities to develop a curriculum framework that addresses the language, pedagogical, academic, clinical, and sociocultural needs of this unique group of international students. PMID:18174373

Wang, Chiu-Wen; Singh, Charanjit; Bird, Beverly; Ives, Glenice



An Epidemiological Approach to Addressing Student Attrition in Nursing Programs.  

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In place of Tinto's model of student retention, an epidemiological approach is recommended for nursing education. It includes primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions for preventing student attrition. (Contains 37 references.) (SK)

Wells, Marcia I.



Mental Health of Muslim Nursing Students in Thailand  

PubMed Central

The purpose of this research was to explore the mental health and well-being of Muslim nursing students in Thailand. Specifically, the study investigated the factors that impact anxiety and depression among Muslim nursing students. This cross-sectional research was conducted with a half sampling method of Muslim undergraduate students who were studying at a public nursing college in Thailand. From the 220 self-identified Muslim nursing students, 110 were sampled for this study, representing 14% of the total nursing students at this college. Results indicated a moderate prevalence of anxiety and high prevalence of depression among Muslim nursing students. Stress (? = .42) was positively associated with anxiety, while self-esteem (? = -.42) was negatively associated with anxiety; together this model accounted for 46% of the variance in anxiety. Self-esteem (? = -.41) and social support (? = -.17) were negatively associated with depression, while stress (? = .37) was positively correlated with depression; together this model accounted for 57% of the variance in depression. Recommendations were given to help train Muslim nursing students to be competent nurses with good mental health and well-being who will succeed and contribute to the nursing profession.

Ratanasiripong, Paul



Nurturing nursing students' sensitivity to spiritual care in a Jewish Israeli nursing program.  


Spirituality is a prominent characteristic of holistic nursing care. This unique course emphasizes issues such as suffering, grieving, and pain from the perspectives of Jewish thought as well as professional nursing. This course provides students with spiritual tools to use during their training and later as nursing professionals. PMID:22343928

Glick, Laurie H


Exploring Knowledge and Attitudes toward Aging among Nursing and Non-Nursing Students  

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|Increasing life expectancies and more years spent living with chronic illnesses mean that increasing numbers of older adults will require nursing care. However, most nurses prefer not to work with older adults, and many nursing students have limited knowledge and negative attitudes towards aging and older adults. This study examined the knowledge…

Flood, Meredith Troutman; Clark, Robert B.



Student nurses conducting research among their peers: lessons learned.  


Introducing real world experiences into nursing education is a challenge, but it is worth the effort? In this case, upperclassmen nursing students gathered data for a funded study; the study benefitted from increased subject responsiveness. The student-researchers benefitted from greater self-efficacy in nursing research and an increased professional self-image. They also saw firsthand the complications that occur in gathering data and felt that the research process became more real to them. The use of student researchers is recommended as an active learning technique to instill lifelong understanding of and appreciation for research among future nurses. PMID:23311268

Blackstock, Sandra; Exner, Nina



Engaging undergraduate nursing students in research: the students' experience of a summer internship program pilot project.  


Educators continue to struggle with ways to foster an interest in and a passion for nursing research among undergraduate students. The purpose of this article is to describe the introduction of undergraduate student internships at the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, as an innovation in education that allowed students to be employed while engaging them in student learning, scientific inquiry, and scholarship through one-to-one faculty-student research mentorships. In this article, the key components of the summer internship program are described, along with five nursing students' experiences of their participation in the program. PMID:23855343

Cepanec, Diane; Clarke, Diana; Plohman, James; Gerard, Judy



Student Nurses' Perceptions of Hospital Staff Modeling Behaviors.  

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This study used Brookfield's Critical Incident Questionnaire (CIQ) to assess the learning environment and student nurses' perceptions of hospital staff modeling behaviors. CIQs were distributed to Associate Degree female nursing students at United Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A large majority (80%) of the 117 respondents identified…

Valentine, Sherise L.


Faculty support for ESL nursing students: action plan for success.  


Nursing students whose first language is not English have lower retention and NCLEX-RN pass rates. This review identifies four areas of difficulty and recommends strategies that can be employed by supportive faculty to assist these students and help ensure a more diverse nursing workforce to care for our increasingly diverse patient population. PMID:22916628

Hansen, Eileen; Beaver, Shirley


Nursing students' self-efficacy in providing transcultural care.  


The aim of any health care service is to provide optimal quality care to clients and families regardless of their ethnic group. As today's Australian society comprises a multicultural population that encompasses clients with different cultural norms and values, this study examined undergraduate nursing students' self-efficacy in providing transcultural nursing care. A sample of 196 nursing students enrolled in the first and fourth year of a pre-registration nursing program in a Western Australian University were invited to participate in a survey incorporating a transcultural self-efficacy tool (TSET) designed by Jeffery [Unpublished instrument copyrighted by author, 1994]. The findings revealed that fourth year students, exposed to increased theoretical information and clinical experience, had a more positive perception of their self-efficacy in providing transcultural nursing skills than the first year students. In addition, the study found that age, gender, country of birth, languages spoken at home and previous work experience did not influence the nursing students' perception of self-efficacy in performing transcultural care. The study supports the notion that educational preparation and relevant clinical experience is important in providing nursing students with the opportunity to develop self-efficacy in performing effective and efficient transcultural nursing in today's multicultural health care system. It is for this reason that educators need to focus on providing students with relevant theoretical information and ensure sufficient clinical exposure to support student learning in the undergraduate program. PMID:15312951

Lim, Janet; Downie, Jill; Nathan, Pauline



Learning together: clinical skills teaching for medical and nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective To evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of shared learning of clinical skills for medical and nursing students at the University of Manchester. Design Medical and nursing students learned clinical skills in either uniprofessional or multiprofessional groups. These groups rotated through skills stations taught by multiprofessional facilitators. The groups stayed together for a series of 3 sessions held at weekly

Kay Tucker; Ann Wakefield; Caroline Boggis; Mary Lawson; Trudie Roberts; Jane Gooch



Nursing students motivation toward their studies – a survey study  

Microsoft Academic Search

BACKGROUND: This study focuses on Swedish nursing students' motivation toward their studies during their three year academic studies. Earlier studies show the importance of motivation for study commitment and result. The aim was to analyze nursing students' estimation of their degree of motivation during different semester during their education and to identify reasons for the degree of motivation. METHODS: A

Kerstin EL Nilsson; Margareta I Warrén Stomberg



Motivations to nurse: An exploration of what motivates students in Pacific Island countries to enter nursing.  


The aim of this study was to explore the motivations of student nurses enrolled in nursing courses across a variety of Pacific Island countries. The image of nursing, the desire to help others, family and friends in the profession, personal experience, security, travel opportunities and flexibility have all been identified as motivators for people to enter nursing. To date, what motivates students in Pacific Island countries to enrol in a nursing course has not been investigated. An exploratory qualitative approach using focus group interviews with 152 nursing students was undertaken. Data were analysed using thematic content analysis, revealing four themes: (i) helping others; (ii) 'making a difference for my people'; (iii) following in the footsteps of others; and (iv) financial and professional gain. In a time of health and nursing workforce shortages, developing a deeper understanding of what drives people can be used to improve recruitment strategies in the future. PMID:24093735

Usher, Kim; West, Caryn; Macmanus, Mary; Waqa, Silina; Stewart, Lee; Henry, Renee; Lindsay, David; Conaglen, Jo; Hall, Julianne; McAuliffe, Marie; Redman-Maclaren, Michelle



Familiarity knowledge in student nurses' clinical studies: exemplified by student nurses in palliative care.  


In this article based on a literary study, the form of knowledge named familiarity knowledge is examined. Although rooted in the philosophical tradition of Wittgenstein and Polanyi, the development of familiarity knowledge is tied in with clinical practice and particular patients and contexts while paying attention to the framework factors influencing the setting as a whole as well as with theoretical knowledge relevant to the situation at hand. Palliative care makes a backdrop for some of the discussion. Familiarity knowledge can never be context free and attends to that which is unique in every nurse-patient relationship. Both assertive and familiarity knowledge are needed to care for dying patients in a competent, sensitive, and truly caring manner. Mentors need to help students synthesize assertive knowledge and familiarity knowledge during their clinical studies to enrich both kinds of knowledge and deepen their understanding. Student nurses expertly mentored and tutored while caring for dying patients living at home become, for instance, less apprehensive about facing dying patients than students not so mentored. Nurses need to understand the complexity of nursing care to be able to see the uniqueness of the situation and approach the individual patient on the bases of experience and insight. PMID:22908430

Haugan, Grethe; Hanssen, Ingrid



Nursing students' evaluation of the introduction of nursing diagnosis focused tutorials in a university degree programme.  


The School of Nursing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal has recently introduced the concept of nursing diagnosis within the Bachelor of Nursing Problem Based Learning (PBL) acute care nursing course. A descriptive survey was designed to evaluate a teaching strategy the researchers developed for Year III Bachelor of Nursing students in an acute care clinical practice course. All students in Year III PBL tutorials in 2006 were included in the study. The students were satisfied with their learning and felt competent in assessing, making and prioritizing nursing diagnoses, formulating hypotheses and using the nursing process in their care in real life nursing situations. With regard to the structured nine step process students generally were enthusiastic about this process and felt that it helped them perform better. This paper describes how the researchers introduced nursing diagnosis and how it was received by the students. Because these students are Year III students their perceptions of this change in focus is especially enlightening and provides useful feedback to further modify the course. PMID:20225749

Brysiewicz, P; Lee, M B



Cooperative m-learning with nurse practitioner students.  


New technologies give nurse academicians the opportunity to incorporate innovative teaching-learning strategies into the nursing curricula. Mobile technology for learning, or m-learning, has considerable potential for the nursing classroom but lacks sufficient empirical evidence to support its use. Based on Mayer's multimedia learning theory, the effect of using cooperative and interactive m-learning techniques in enhancing classroom and clinical learning was explored. The relationship between m-learning and students' learning styles was determined through a multimethod educational research study involving nurse practitioner students at two mid-Atlantic universities. During the 16-month period, nurse practitioner students and their faculty used personal digital assistants (PDAs) to participate in various m-learning activities. Findings from focus group and survey responses concluded that PDAs, specifically the Pocket PC, are useful reference tools in the clinical setting and that all students, regardless of learning style, benefited from using PDAs. It was also demonstrated that connecting students with classmates and other nurse practitioner students at distant universities created a cooperative learning community providing additional support and knowledge acquisition. The authors concluded that in order to successfully prepare nurse practitioner graduates with the skills necessary to function in the present and future health care system, nurse practitioner faculty must be creative and innovative, incorporating various revolutionary technologies into their nurse practitioner curricula. PMID:20455369

Wyatt, Tami H; Krauskopf, Patricia B; Gaylord, Nan M; Ward, Andrew; Huffstutler-Hawkins, Shelley; Goodwin, Linda


The role of specialist community public health nurses: students' perceptions.  


The article outlines the initial perceptions of student specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN) (health visitors, school nurses and sexual health advisers) on the role of the qualified health visitor, school nurse and sexual health advisor. It considers how students undertaking the BSc (hons)/Post Graduate Diploma specialist community public health nursing programme conceptualise their future public health role. The paper identifies themes drawn from a class-based teaching session with a large group of SCPHN students using the medium of art and student drawings. This was followed by classroom discussion and a subsequent mapping exercise. Several themes emerged with emphasis on the personal attributes and role of the public health nurse. The paper concludes that SCPHN students have a relevant knowledge base upon which to develop their future public health roles, as well as identifying clear gaps in their knowledge base at the early stage of the SCPHN programme. PMID:22919786

Coates, Maggie; Gilroy, Vicky



Independent Activities for Accelerated Students: Individualized Reading Instruction for Students.  

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The teaching guide for use with accelerated elementary school students contains suggestions for independent reading activities, a list of independent reading books for beginning readers, and suggestions for creative activities. Stressed is the value of sharing enthusiasm about books to spur independent reading. Suggestions are given for talking…

Rapides Parish School Board, Alexandria, LAa.


Student Nurses' Conceptions of Internationalisation in General and as an Essential Part of Swedish Nurses' Education  

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|The aim of this study was to describe student nurses' conceptions of internationalisation. Firstly this is done in terms of what they themselves conceive as important and related to internationalisation. Secondly, student nurses' conceptions of internationalisation are described in terms of how they experience internationalisation in their…

Wihlborg, Monne




Microsoft Academic Search

The safe administration of medications to clients in a health care environment is a responsibility of any nurse licensed to perform such a duty. For undergraduate student nurses within Australia, the process of learning safe administration occurs at various stages in their undergraduate program. The learning process generally involves theoretical and practical elements. The practice component encompasses student learning in

Kerry Reid Searl


Success of Underrepresented Nursing Students at Selected Southwest Institutions: Impact of a Nursing Retention Program  

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|This study examined retention initiatives and strategies provided to underserved students in the nursing programs at three community colleges in the Southwest region. This research addressed nursing student retention, as well as ways to increase retention among underrepresented populations in the three community colleges, representing a unique…

Khattab, Ibrahim



Health Habits of Nursing versus Non-nursing Students: A Longitudinal Study.  

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The Health Habits Inventory was completed at two time intervals by 71 nursing and 83 other students. Nursing students scored higher in health habits and improved significantly over 2 years, especially in such behaviors as eating breakfast, performing self-exams, reading food labels, wearing seatbelts, and exercising. (SK)

Shriver, Cathy B.; Scott-Stiles, Anne



Organized music instruction as a predictor of nursing student success.  


Stringent admission criteria exist for nursing programs in the United States, but better predictors of success are needed to reduce student attrition. Research indicates that organized music experiences are associated with greater academic success. This exploratory study examined the association between early music experiences and undergraduate nursing student success. Findings suggest that students with a music background were more likely to graduate, have higher grade point averages, and pass the licensure examination. Previous music education might be considered as an additional predictor of nursing student success. PMID:23778040

Cesario, Sandra K; Cesario, Robert J; Cesario, Anthony R


Intuition in Nursing Practice: Sharing Graduate Students' Exemplars with Undergraduate Students.  

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Graduate nursing students (n=21) wrote descriptions of how they used intuition in clinical practice. Undergraduates in a nursing research course used these exemplars to learn about content analysis and develop their own intuitive thinking. (SK)

Beck, Cheryl Tatano



Using Guided Reflection to Reduce Test Anxiety in Nursing Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Test anxiety is a phenomenon that can affect as many as 40% of students. Many nursing students are under great stress from long hours of study, a rigorous curriculum, and balancing work and family life. These stressors can lead to anxiety in many areas of the student’s life, most notably in situations where he or she is being evaluated. This

Caitlin Beggs; Deborah Shields; Heather Janiszewski Goodin



Personal values of baccalaureate nursing students in Turkey.  


Value education is aimed at helping students develop a mode of reasoning, enabling them to make decisions and deal with conflicts on a daily basis. For this, it should firstly be assessment personal values of nursing students. The purpose of the study was to determine the personal values of nursing students with respect to certain variables. The population of the study, which had a cross-sectional design, included all undergraduate students (n = 525) attending the nursing school. The sample group comprised 397 nursing students selected from among the nursing students attending a baccalaureate programme in Turkey using the disproportional cluster sampling method. Data were collected utilizing the Personal Information Form and Value Preferences Scale. The personal values of the students were found to be moral, social, financial/economic, aesthetic, political, religious and scientific/theoretical values. The study suggested that the age, year at school and economic level of the family affected the students' values. Values influence behaviours that are an essential component of humanistic nursing care. They are integral to professional socialization, evident in nursing care and fundamental decisions that affect practice. PMID:23181953

Kaya, Hülya; Kaya, Nurten; ?enyuva, Emine; I??k, Burçin



Dreams and verbal reactions of nursing students to abortion.  


In an attempt to more fully understand the reactions of student nurses in the participant observer role on an abortion unit, the verbal reactions and dreams of upper-division baccalaurate student nurses were studied. The majority of students exhibited anxiety upon observing an abortion. The anxiety exemplified either through verbal comments or dreams about death and mutiliation was sublimated by defense mechanisms including suppression, denial and/or rationalization. Recommendations for student nurses involved in abortion procedures include: informal discussions of the anticipated experience; assessment of individual student strengths to allow for specific preparation for the new clinical setting; use of audiovisual materials relative to nursing; an opportunity for students to discuss their individual reactions and feelings after participating in an abortion procedure; and scheduling the abortion observation after other opportunities to deliver health care have been met. PMID:255393

Hurwitz, A; Keane, M



Prediction of freshman students' success in a baccalaureate nursing program.  


The best predictor of achievement in college when cognitive and noncognitive variables were tested in two classes of freshmen nursing students (1975 and 1976) at Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was the Aptitude Test for Nursing. Cognitive variables significant in 1975 were mathematics Scholastic Aptitude Test scores and high school rank, while in 1976 arithmetic formulation entered into the regression equations as did the noncognitive variable of conformity. A discrepancy was found between 1975 and 1976 predictor variables of dropping out of nursing. For the 1975 freshman class, science grade point average and the support scale of the Gordon Survey of Interpersonal Values were the best predictors of dropping out of the nursing program; in the 1976 class, nursing GPA alone was the best predictor of dropping out. Although an intercorrelation was noted between science GPA and nursing GPA, the success of predicting dropping out of nursing in relationship to science GPA and nursing GPA appeared to be unstable. PMID:6906017

Alichnie, M C; Bellucci, J T


International exchange program: findings from Taiwanese graduate nursing students.  


This study explored Taiwanese graduate nursing students' transcultural experiences in the United States during an international exchange program. A qualitative method with content analysis was used to analyze journal entries on perceptions of American culture, American nursing, and reflections on personal and professional growth written by nine graduate nursing students from Taiwan. The mean age of the participants was 32 (range, 29-45). Taiwanese nursing students perceived American culture as full of hospitality and patriotism, valuing human rights and social welfare, and favoring direct and expressive affection. American nursing was viewed as a combination of independence, confidence, autonomy, and knowledge, with caring being the core element, fostered by an environment conducive to patient care. In personal and professional growth, three themes surfaced: reinforcement of holistic care, nursing without borders, and lifelong learning and changing. American culture and nursing were perceived by Taiwanese students as a paradigm of Western culture valuing individual rights, autonomy, and independence. A caring and supportive patient care environment was a positive perception of American nursing; it was the desired practice standard that was lacking in these students' homeland. Overall, the exchange program was thought by these students to foster their personal and professional growth. PMID:15011191

Shieh, Carol


Junior nursing students' experiences of vertical violence during clinical rotations.  


Horizontal violence is a form of workplace violence, a phenomenon that is prevalent in the nursing profession. Research has revealed a variety of negative peer-to-peer behaviors that lower morale and lead to turnover. However, little research has been conducted on "eating our young" (violence occurring between individuals with unequal power, such as staff nurse and student). We propose "vertical violence" as the appropriate term when abusive registered nurse (RN) behavior is directed towards students. We report a content analysis of stories written by junior nursing students about incidents of injustice perpetrated by staff RNs during their clinical experiences. Four levels of injustice were described. Nursing leadership, both in hospitals and educational institutions, must become engaged in efforts to eradicate vertical violence towards students. PMID:19631065

Thomas, Sandra P; Burk, Renee


Sex Knowledge and Sexual Attitudes Among Medical and Nursing Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between background and sociodemographic variables, attitudes toward controversial aspects of human sexuality and sex knowledge among medical and nursing students.Method: The study design was a questionnaire-based survey of medical and nursing students in Western Australia. Participants were first-through fifth-year medical students at the University of Western Australia and first-through

Robert S. McKelvey; John A. Webb; Loretta V. Baldassar; Suzanne M. Robinson; Geoff Riley



Student Nurses in Taiwan at High Risk for Needlestick Injuries  

Microsoft Academic Search

PURPOSE: To describe the prevalence and characteristics of needlestick injuries (NSI) in student nurses in Taiwan.METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire was completed by 931 student nurses from 16 hospitals randomly selected from the 132 accredited hospitals.RESULTS: The questionnaire was completed by 708 of 931 students who were contacted for participation in this study. NSI during internship was reported by 61.9% (438\\/708)

Judith Shu-Chu Shiao; Mary-Louise Mclaws; Kun-Yen Huang; Yueliang Leon Guo



Peer tutoring program for academic success of returning nursing students.  


High attrition rates among students in associate degree nursing programs are a concern for faculty, administrators, and students. Programs offering academic and emotional support for students at risk for failing a clinical course may decrease attrition rates and improve academic performance. A peer tutoring program was developed for returning nursing students who were unsuccessful in a previous clinical course. Peer tutors met with returning students weekly to review course work, complete case studies and practice NCLEX questions. Trusting, supportive relationships developed among students and a significant increase in grades was noted at the end of the course for 79% of students. Implementation of peer tutoring was beneficial for returning students, tutors, and the nursing program and may be valuable in other courses where academic achievement is a concern. PMID:23189512

Bryer, Jennifer



Creating Career Ladders in University Systems: The Accelerated Associate's Degree Program for Unemployed Licensed Nurses at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.  

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|This document describes the Accelerated Associate's Degree Program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. The program, targeting unemployed LPNs living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, allows students to complete an associate's degree in one year. Fifty-four students enrolled during the first year and 50% of…

Melendez, Edwin; Suarez, Carlos


Creating Career Ladders in University Systems: The Accelerated Associate's Degree Program for Unemployed Licensed Nurses at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.  

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This document describes the Accelerated Associate's Degree Program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. The program, targeting unemployed LPNs living in San Juan, Puerto Rico, allows students to complete an associate's degree in one year. Fifty-four students enrolled during the first year and 50% of…

Melendez, Edwin; Suarez, Carlos


Nursing students' experiences and preferences regarding hospital and community placements.  


The quality of practice placements is important in the development of competent and confident professional nurses. In placements, students develop and master the attributes of professional caring, situational knowledge, competence and clinical skills through experiencing nursing in the real world. Student's experience of their placements can be mixed with some students having both positive and negative experiences. This paper reports a survey evaluating undergraduate nursing students' experience of their practice placements in one higher education institution (HEI) in Wales, United Kingdom (U.K.), with a focus on their perceptions of community placements. 440 usable responses were obtained from a possible 455 student evaluations (97%). Students were more likely to express a positive view of district nursing, intensive care, high dependency and cardiology placements, whilst evaluating health visiting and older adult placements less positively. This is discussed by suggesting that those placements perceived as more popular offer students a closer relationship with their mentors together with a positive acculturation into the community of nursing and the opportunity to practice and master clinical skills. Students' preference for district nursing rather than health visiting suggests the timing, type and preparation of students for community placements should be reviewed further. PMID:22265991

Murphy, Fiona; Rosser, Megan; Bevan, Roz; Warner, Gwyneth; Jordan, Sue



Keeping afloat: student nurses' experiences following assignment referral.  


The retention of nursing students is an ongoing problem, both within the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally. While there is a plethora of literature relating to student attrition, there is an absence of evidence in relation to the experiences of those students who are struggling to meet the demands of nursing programmes. Using an inductive sociological enquiry based approach, this study sought to examine the experiences of student nurses after referral on the first attempt of a summative assessment. Nursing students who had failed an assignment (n=20) were invited to participate. Data was collected using focus groups, with the emergent themes collapsed into a concise format using thematic content analysis. Four key themes were identified: desire to succeed; acceptance of personal failure; recognition of personal attributes required for success; and responsibility for personal success and failure. Students remained on the programme, despite struggling with financial and personal difficulties, because the desire to become a qualified nurse outweighed transient hardships. This paper will illustrate the benefits of understanding the students' experiences, in order to ensure the support students receive is appropriate to their needs. Understanding the support strategies as perceived by the students may prevent further wastage from nursing programmes. PMID:15465166

Robshaw, Maxine; Smith, Joanna



Clinical Learning-Experiences and Professional Nurse Caring - A Critical Phenomenological Study of Female Baccalaureate Nursing-Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this critical phenomenological study was to discover, describe, and analyze how nursing students learn professional nurse caring in the clinical context of nursing education. In this article, I report on interviews from 18 female baccalaureate nursing students, 17 of whom are European American and one of whom is African American. Participants in this study narrated their stories

Margaret M. Kosowski



Do Attending Physicians, Nurses, Residents, and Medical Students Agree on What Constitutes Medical Student Abuse?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background Whether attending physicians, residents, nurses, and medical students agree on what constitutes medical student abuse, its severity, or influencing factors is unknown. Method We surveyed 237 internal medicine attending physicians, residents, medical students, and nurses at 13 medical schools after viewing five vignettes depicting potentially abusive behaviors. Results The majority of each group felt the belittlement, ethnic insensitivity, and

Paul E. Ogden; Edward H. Wu; Michael D. Elnicki; Michael J. Battistone; Lynn M. Cleary; Mark J. Fagan; Erica Friedman; Peter M. Gliatto; Heather E. Harrell; May S. Jennings; Cynthia H. Ledford; Alex J. Mechaber; Matthew Mintz; Matthew R. Thomas; Raymond Y. Wong



An evaluation of Swedish nurse students' calculating ability in relation to their earlier educational background  

Microsoft Academic Search

There are no formal demands ofmathematical skills and knowledge for students in Sweden who are admitted to schools of nursing. In order to investigate these abilities in beginner nurse students a mathematics test was given. Average test scores are presented in relation to the students' educational background before they enter the nursing programme. Students coming from the two-year integrated nurse

Inez D. Kapborg



A comparison of student nurses in a university hospital training school and a hospital training school  

Microsoft Academic Search

Scores on the Psychological Examination of the American Council on Education are higher (1) for university freshmen than for student nurses, (2) for student nurses in university hospitals than for students in non-affiliated nurses' schools, and (3) for the preceding groups than for negro student nurses.

M. C. Langhorne



A Pilot Study To Measure the Caring Efficacy of Baccalaureate Nursing Students.  

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Results of the Coates Caring Efficacy Scale for 193 preentry to final-semester nursing students indicated that mean scores were higher than in Coates' sample of novice student nurses. Students were able to articulate the role of caring in nursing. Even preentry students scored well, suggesting that factors other than nursing education contribute…

Sadler, Judith



Development of Critical Thinking: Career Ladder P.N. and A.D. Nursing Students, Pre-Health Science Freshmen, Generic Baccalaureate Sophomore Nursing Students.  

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|A study compared career ladder practical nursing (PN) and associate degree (AD) nursing students with their university counterparts with regard to the development of critical thinking over an academic year. The sample included 55 PN students, 55 AD students, 38 pre-health science freshmen, and 29 generic baccalaureate sophomore nursing students.…

Kintgen-Andrews, Jean


Factors influencing student nurses' career choices after preceptorship in a five-year junior nursing college in Taiwan.  


This study was conducted to explore the influence factors of a preceptorship in career choices following student nurses' graduations. A total number of 326 student nurses in their fifth year of junior nursing college were selected as participants. A validated and reliable questionnaire was used in this study. Data were analyzed by the Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) for windows for percentage, mean, standard deviation, and Pearson's correlation. The results showed that: (1) the first five factors influencing student nurses' career choices were good unit environment, nurse's professional role, self-professional knowledge deficiency, nurse's professional knowledge, and patient's and family's good feedback; (2) the correlation between the chosen field of practice and willingness to work after graduation showed a strong relationship in all areas. Notably, the preceptorship had an impact on student nurses selecting a nursing career. These results can give nurse educators guidance in preparing student nurses as they enter the work force. PMID:18226842

Shih, Whei-Mei; Chuang, Shu-Hui



The importance of theory in student nurses' psychiatric practicum.  


This study aims to evaluate the importance of theory in enhancing student nurses' experiences in a rural psychiatric practicum and also identify positive, negative and potentially helpful factors which could be used to improve student nurses' psychiatric practicum. A pilot study of sixty-five undergraduate nursing students were given a questionnaire after their psychiatric practicum. Positive, negative and potentially helpful factors were derived from themes of their responses. Results indicated that theory played an important role in enhancing students' learning in their clinical practicum. Positive factors included interaction with clients; improvement of knowledge and understanding of mental health, thus dispelling myths; staff's professionalism, enthusiasm and acceptance of students; direct involvement with clients; diversity of learning opportunities and shift work. Negative factors related to nursing staff performance. Potentially helpful factors were those promoting goodness of fit between theory and practicum and characteristics of the clinical setting. PMID:10734846

Lo, R; Brown, R



Faculty-student boundaries in associate degree nursing programs.  


Professionals are called to high standards of behavior. The purpose of this study was to investigate nursing faculty beliefs about appropriate behaviors for nurse educators. Nursing faculty are generally conservative in their beliefs and even more conservative in their actions. Three behaviors of educators are universally viewed as inappropriate: telling a student of the educator's sexual attraction; sexual involvement with a current student; and making deliberate or repeated sexual comments, gestures, or physical contact that are unwanted by the student. Insulting or ridiculing an absent student and insulting or ridiculing a present student were considered appropriate by few respondents (5% and 2.1%, respectively). Little guidance exists for nursing faculty in determining the appropriateness of various behaviors. This exploratory research gives an introductory view of faculty perceptions of appropriate teacher behaviors. PMID:18792708

Henshaw, Christine M



Turkish nursing students' knowledge and perceptions regarding virginity.  


The aim of this study was to describe the level of knowledge and perceptions of the Turkish nursing students regarding virginity, the virginity examination and the hymen repair. A convenience sample was used for the study purpose. An investigator designed questionnaire was administered to a total sample of 781 undergraduate nursing students originating from two universities in Mersin and Gaziantep, Turkey, respectively. The results showed that the participating nursing students agreed that a man must marry a virgin woman and the students' opinions had been affected by the social pressures and the social values regarding virginity. In additon, it was found that the repair of the hymen was acceptable by the participating students. The findings of this study addressed and highlighted the gap in the knowledge on virginity related violence so as to improve the educational programmes and clinical practice within the context of preparing nurses for an extended role in violence against women. PMID:22405344

Zeynelo?lu, Simge; K?sa, Sezer; Y?lmaz, Duygu



Strategic enhancement of nursing students information literacy skills: interdisciplinary perspectives.  


Nursing students are required to keep abreast of evolving new health care information. It is important for nursing students to develop the skills and knowledge to access nursing and medical databases for their professional growth and development to perform evidence-based practice. A collaborative approach between faculty and librarians is one way to ensure the success of students in acquiring the skills on how to access and use new health care information. The collaborators of this paper discuss strategies of how to conduct database searches for research articles. This paper is written in collaboration with faculty, librarians, and a doctoral student who have experience teaching nursing students at a historically black college and/or university, or at minority serving institutions. PMID:17608285

Morgan, Phyllis D; Fogel, Joshua; Hicks, Pauline; Wright, Laura; Tyler, Indira



Nurse lecturers' perceptions of what baccalaureate nursing students could gain from clinical group supervision.  


The extensive amount of studies on clinical supervision during the nursing students' clinical programmes has shown that supervision most often is given on a one-to-one basis, and that many challenges are embedded in this kind of supervision. In some studies group supervision has been used, with mostly successful effects according to the nursing students. At a university in Sweden, a model of group supervision was included in the baccalaureate nursing programme, conducted by nurse lecturers. The purpose of this study was to describe the value of clinical group supervision to nursing students, as perceived by the nurse lecturers. Data consisted of field notes written by the nurse lecturers after 60 supervision sessions, and qualitative content analysis was performed. The findings showed how reflection in a group of equals was considered to give the nursing students opportunities to increase their understanding of themselves and others, prepare them for coming events, increase their personal and professional strengths, and inspire them for further development. On the basis of the findings and previous studies the value of using nurse lecturers as group supervisors was discussed. The impact of a contract to achieve a good learning environment in group supervision was also stressed. PMID:19818540

Lindgren, Barbro; Athlin, Elsy



Decision making by baccalaureate nursing students in the clinical setting.  


Many researchers who have explored nurse decision making have concluded that decision making is a learned skill that must be taught by nurse educators. Yet little research has been conducted to explore nursing students' decision making. If nurse educators are to teach this skill, it is necessary to have a better understanding of the kinds of decisions students are making in the clinical setting and the factors that influence this process. Once we have a greater knowledge in this area, curricular materials can be developed to ensure this skill is taught throughout an undergraduate education, resulting in graduates who possess strong, independent, and interdependent decision making skills. This article will describe one component (the kinds of decisions) of a larger qualitative case study that explored the kinds of decisions and the factors that influenced nursing students' decision making throughout a baccalaureate degree program. PMID:18751648

Baxter, Pamela E; Boblin, Sheryl



Impact of debt on nursing students in higher education.  


This article examines some of the financial problems faced by nursing students in higher education and outlines current debates among politicians and educational institutions. It includes a discussion of nurse education in the four countries of the U.K., the effects of offering diploma and degree courses, attrition rates, bursaries, job security, potential problems caused by an ongoing crisis of funding in the NHS and its effects on the future of nursing. PMID:18274411

Cordell-Smith, R


Teachers’ understanding of facilitation styles with student nurses  

Microsoft Academic Search

The notion of reflective, problem-based and experiential learning has become a significant phenomenon within nurse education. This paper will explore the general philosophies that seem to influence the interactional competences employed by 20 nurse teachers teaching pre-registration student nurses human skills. A qualitative approach was adopted using the in-depth interview for data collection. The intention was to emphasise the four

J Gilmartin



Assessment of nursing students and nurses' orientation towards patient-centeredness.  


BACKGROUND: Being patient centered is a core value for nursing. Patient centered-care has been related to patient and health provider satisfaction, better health outcomes, higher quality of care and more efficient health care delivery. OBJECTIVES: The purpose was to assess the orientation adopted by nurses and students in patient care, using The Patient-Practitioner Orientation Scale, as well as to compare the results between resident nurses and students from different academic years. SETTINGS: Public School of Nursing and a Central Hospital, in Lisbon (Portugal). PARTICIPANTS: Students in the first, second and fourth year of nursing school and nurses participated in the study. METHODS: For data collection, we used The Patient-Practitioner Orientation Scale (European Portuguese version), an instrument designed to measure individual preferences toward the dimension of caring a sharing in health professional-patient relationship. Students and nurses also filled out two additional questions about their perception of competence in technical and communication skills. Additional demographic information was also collected, including gender, age, academic year and length of professional experience. RESULTS: A total of 525 students (84.7% female) and 108 nurses (77.8% female) participated in this study. In general, caring sub-scores, measuring the preference of about attending to patient emotional aspects, were higher than sharing sub-scores, measuring beliefs about giving information and perceiving patient as a member of the health team. Students were significantly more patient-centered throughout their nursing education (p<0.001). Comparing to students in the second and fourth academic years (p<0.001) nurses' scores were significantly lower both in total PPOS and in caring and sharing subscales. CONCLUSIONS: These results reinforce the idea that patient centeredness may be developed in academic context. The scores obtained highlight the importance of studies that aim to identify factors that may explain the decrease of patient centeredness in professional practice. PMID:23582876

Grilo, Ana M; Santos, Margarida C; Rita, Joana S; Gomes, Ana I



Course-related family andfinancial problems of mature nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

In recent years there has been a significant change in the type of student entering nurse education.There has been a move towards widening access, and as a result, more mature students have gained entry to courses. What seems less clear is the types of course-related problems experienced by mature students. The study reported in this paper investigated the financial and

William Lauder; Philip Cuthbertson



Medication Calculation Skills of Graduating Nursing Students in Finland  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aim of this study was to describe the basic mathematical proficiency and the medication calculation skills of graduating nursing students in Finland. A further concern was with how students experienced the teaching of medication calculation. We wanted to find out whether these experiences were associated with various background factors and the students' medication calculation skills.

Heidi Grandell-Niemi; Maija Hupli; Helena Leino-Kilpi



Hygienic hand washing among nursing students in Turkey  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to determine the application status of hand-washing information given within the context of infection control measures in practice areas among nursing students. This descriptive study was conducted with 430 students. A questionnaire was filled out by the students. In the statistical analysis, frequency, percentage, and ?2 values were measured for all the questions in

Sevim Çelik; Sema Koça?l?



Structured clinical preparation time for culturally diverse baccalaureate nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

In 1987, the City College School of Nursing revised its curriculum. One of the changes in a course entitled “Health Care of Adult II” was to alter its instruction methods in the clinical setting. A standardized form of clinical preparation and assignment, with emphasis on the elements of the nursing process, replaced the previous time and method of assigning student

Aurora Villafuerte



Identifying Maths Anxiety in Student Nurses and Focusing Remedial Work  

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Maths anxiety interferes with maths cognition and thereby increases the risk of maths errors. To initiate strategies for preventing anxiety-related errors progressing into nursing practice, this study explored the hypothesis that student nurses experience high maths anxiety in association with poor maths performance, and that high maths anxiety is…

Bull, Heather



Identifying maths anxiety in student nurses and focusing remedial work  

Microsoft Academic Search

Maths anxiety interferes with maths cognition and thereby increases the risk of maths errors. To initiate strategies for preventing anxiety?related errors progressing into nursing practice, this study explored the hypothesis that student nurses experience high maths anxiety in association with poor maths performance, and that high maths anxiety is further associated with knowledge of having a skills deficit and with

Heather Bull



Attitudes toward Poverty of Upper Midwestern Baccalaureate Nursing Students  

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|Poverty is widespread and its consequence of poorer health increases the likelihood that nurses will provide care for poor clients and their families in many health care settings. Although the importance of understanding attitudes toward the poor is recognized, there have been few studies of attitudes of nursing students. The purpose of this…

Randall, Rebecca



Junior nursing students' experiences of vertical violence during clinical rotations  

Microsoft Academic Search

Horizontal violence is a form of workplace violence, a phenomenon that is prevalent in the nursing profession. Research has revealed a variety of negative peer-to-peer behaviors that lower morale and lead to turnover. However, little research has been conducted on “eating our young” (violence occurring between individuals with unequal power, such as staff nurse and student). We propose “vertical violence”

Sandra P. Thomas; Renee Burk



Identifying Maths Anxiety in Student Nurses and Focusing Remedial Work  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Maths anxiety interferes with maths cognition and thereby increases the risk of maths errors. To initiate strategies for preventing anxiety-related errors progressing into nursing practice, this study explored the hypothesis that student nurses experience high maths anxiety in association with poor maths performance, and that high maths anxiety…

Bull, Heather



Enabling Student Nurses to Use the Information Superhighway.  

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Twenty nursing graduate students in an Internet-based course were compared with 23 who did not take the course. The former were more likely to be connected to nursing networks, used Internet-based health information in practice, used computer skills for other classes, and understood the relevance of telemedicine. (SK)

Bachman, Jean A.; Panzarine, Susan



Involvement of Nursing Students in Unethical Classroom and Clinical Behaviors.  

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A study to determine the incidence of unethical classroom and clinical behaviors among nursing students, to find out their opinions, and to investigate the relationships among demographic data, unethical behaviors and opinions about the behaviors is discussed. (Author/MLW)

Hilbert, Gail A.



Companionship and education: a nursing student experience in palliative care.  


Currently, major deficiencies exist in undergraduate nursing education for end-of-life care. Nursing students report feeling anxious and unprepared to be with patients who are dying. A Palliative Care Companion program that allows undergraduate nursing students to volunteer to spend time with patients at the end of life provides a unique educational opportunity to enhance students' knowledge and attitudes toward palliative care. In addition, the program offers a service to patients and families by providing a nonmedical, caring human presence to patients who may be alone, lonely, or bored. In accordance with tenets of Experiential Learning Theory, a Palliative Care Companion program was developed and revised using feedback from initial participants and facilitators. Data collected during the first two semesters indicated increased knowledge of palliative care, improved attitudes about care at the end of life, and fewer concerns about providing nursing care to dying patients, when participating students were compared to their undergraduate peers. PMID:15862050

Kwekkeboom, Kristine L; Vahl, Cheryl; Eland, Joann



Students' perspectives of effective and ineffective nursing instructors.  


This descriptive study identified students' perspectives of the characteristics used to judge the quality of a classroom nursing instructor. A sample of 171 baccalaureate nursing students from a university in the midwestern United States completed the study. The nursing students completed a questionnaire regarding personal demographics, characteristics of an effective and ineffective instructor, and how their grade and the amount of coursework affected their opinion of the instructor. Content analysis was performed to categorize the characteristics that emerged, with data ranked according to the number of times each characteristic was identified as effective or ineffective. Teaching methods, personality, and presentation of course materials were the three primary characteristics of an effective instructor, according to the students' responses, with personality being most important. Conversely, in related nursing studies of effective teachers, personality characteristics were ranked lower. PMID:15620072

Berg, Carol L; Lindseth, Glenda



Accelerated Learning: A Study of Faculty and Student Experiences  

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|In this study we explored faculty and student experiences of accelerated learning. We conducted interviews with faculty members who had delivered the same course in 12 and 6-week timeframes, and we analysed a student survey. Students reported overall positive experiences in the accelerated courses, particularly in the social aspects of learning,…

Lee, Nicolette; Horsfall, Briony



Early identification of at-risk nursing students: a student support model.  


Due to the shortage of nurses in the health care industry, colleges offering associate-degree nursing programs are beginning to pay more attention to attrition and the factors contributing to success. Alogistic regression model was used to explain the cognitive and noncognitive variables that contribute to success in a nursing fundamentals course. Although much work is necessary to fully understand first-semester nursing students' retention and success, an early identification model is explored to better support students as they enter associate-degree nursing programs. PMID:18557312

Hopkins, T Hampton



English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) nursing student success: a critical review of the literature.  


Many English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) nursing students struggle in nursing school for a multitude of reasons. The purpose of this critical review of the literature is to identify barriers and discover bridges to ESL nursing student success. Twenty-five articles were identified for the review. Language barriers were identified as the single most significant obstacle facing the ESL nursing student. Bridges to ESL nursing student success include enhancing language development and acculturation into the American mainstream culture. A broad range of strategies to promote student success are outlined and the role of the nurse educator in ESL nursing student success is also addressed. PMID:22611840

Olson, Mary Angela



A distributed support system for medical and nursing students.  


The Internet provides resources for physicians, but there isn't yet a comprehensive support system for medical and nursing students. Moreover the knowledge of English language is often scarce in young Italian students, so most of the available resources are not really useful. This project aims at the establishment of a distributed framework of interactive courses and mentoring facilities among a group of Italian Medical and Nursing Schools. PMID:10179757

Crudele, M; Serio, A



Mentoring project for new nursing students a winner  

Microsoft Academic Search

“The program really helped me to ease into the demands of university life. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that there’s someone you can go to for advice.” 1st year Nursing student.\\u000aBuilding on the great success of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Mentor Program launched in 2009, the School of Nursing & Midwifery and the Student Life Office (SLO)

Michelle Ebbs



Commencing nursing students' perceptions and anxiety of bioscience.  


It is known that bioscience is perceived to be difficult and causes anxiety within undergraduate nursing students; yet, commencing students' perceptions of bioscience is not known. Therefore, the aim of this study was to ascertain incoming students' perceptions, knowledge and approaches to learning bioscience. Incoming students to the Bachelor of Nursing completed a questionnaire prior to undertaking bioscience. Two hundred and seventy three students completed the questionnaire that explored their expectations, preconceptions of bioscience content, approaches to learning bioscience, and relationship to clinical practice in the context of biosciences. Participant ages ranged from 17 to 53 (mean 23 years), and 78% of students had completed at least one secondary school science subject, of which 60% had studied biology. Overall, students' preconceptions included anxiety about studying bioscience, bioscience being difficult and harder than nursing subjects, and that more content will be required for bioscience than nursing subjects. Analysis using ANOVA revealed the relationships for secondary school science and age on student responses. A significant effect of secondary school science was found for science in school being advantageous for bioscience (p=0.010), understanding what bioscience entails (p=0.002), needing to study science prior to the start of the semester (p=0.009), and that bioscience is considered difficult (p=0.029). A significant effect of age was found for exams being more difficult than other assessments (p=0.000) and for being able to see the relevance of nursing when reaching the workplace (p=0.011). The findings also indicated that perceptions and associated anxieties related to bioscience were present in commencing students, similar to those which have been reported previously in established student groups. This strongly suggests that the faculty should attempt to dispel preconceptions about bioscience and target improved supports to facilitate the transition of students into the commencement of bioscience for nursing students. PMID:23182891

Craft, Judy; Hudson, Peter; Plenderleith, Mark; Wirihana, Lisa; Gordon, Christopher



Oncology Nursing Education: Nursing Students' Commitment of "Presence" with the Dying Patient and the Family.  

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|Following a chaplain's lecture on the end of life, nursing students wrote reaction papers on appropriate ways to support dying patients and their families. Six processes emerged, including the core concept of the nurse's presence at the bedside. (Contains 23 references.) (SK)|

Walsh, Sandra M.; Hogan, Nancy S.



The efficacy of a death education course for registered nurses and registered nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this research was to determine the efficacy of a death education course on death anxiety and meanings toward dying for a group of registered nurses and registered nursing students. The dying and death course Quality Intervention with the Dying was 12 hours in duration, three hours per week for four weeks. The dependent variables were death anxiety

Sheila Helen Connolly



"You Have to Know Why": The Influence of Different Curricula on Nursing Students' Perceptions of Nursing  

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|The need in modern healthcare for professionals who are self-directed and autonomous has increased in recent decades. Problem-based learning is spreading in nursing education as one strategy for meeting these demands. This article deals with the relationship between the design and execution of nursing education curricula and students'…

Fredholm Nilsson, Angelica; Silen, Charlotte



Oncology Nursing Education: Nursing Students' Commitment of "Presence" with the Dying Patient and the Family.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Following a chaplain's lecture on the end of life, nursing students wrote reaction papers on appropriate ways to support dying patients and their families. Six processes emerged, including the core concept of the nurse's presence at the bedside. (Contains 23 references.) (SK)

Walsh, Sandra M.; Hogan, Nancy S.



Access to Nursing Education by Disabled Students: Rights and Duties of Nursing Programs.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discusses provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act in Britain that outline duties of educational institutions not to discriminate against students and applicants with disabilities and to make reasonable accommodations. Urges nursing stakeholders to learn the rules of the game of access to nursing education. (Contains 46 references.) (SK)

Konur, Ozcan



Developing a professional identity: student nurses in the workplace.  


This analysis of the academic and student discourse about learning in the practicum in one Australian pre-registration Bachelor of Nursing course is part of a larger study examining the professional identity of undergraduate students in three professional groups: nursing, teaching and engineering. The focus group discussion of six student nurses reveals that the theories learned in the classroom are only partially useful preparation for the relationships required to work as a nurse in a people-laden workplace; students struggle to create meaning about practices that are not consistent with classroom theory; and students require support as they develop an identity of a nurse through the embodiment of practice work. The findings from this group support the view that the traditional approach to learning, as expressed in the documentation for the final practicum experience, where knowledge is certain, context-free, and disciplinary or subject focused, is insufficient to assist student readiness for the world of work. Recommendations emerging from this analysis are related to the university and provides some evidence for others teaching in nursing programs to reconsider their practices. PMID:16167443

Grealish, Laurie; Trevitt, Corinne


Undergraduate nursing students' perceptions regarding factors that affect math abilities  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A review of the nursing literature reveals many undergraduate nursing students lack proficiency with basic mathematical skills, those necessary for safe medication preparation and administration. Few studies exploring the phenomenon from the undergraduate nursing student perspective are reported in the nursing literature. The purpose of this study was to explore undergraduate nursing students’ perceptions of math abilities, factors that affect math abilities, the use of math in nursing, and the extent to which specific math skills were addressed throughout a nursing curriculum. Polya’s Model for Problem Solving and the Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Affective Domain served as the theoretical background for the study. Qualitative and quantitative methods were utilized to obtain data from a purposive sample of undergraduate nursing students from a private university in western Pennsylvania. Participants were selected based on the proficiency level with math skills, as determined by a score on the Elsevier’s HESI™ Admission Assessment (A2) Exam, Math Portion. Ten students from the “Excellent” benchmark group and eleven students from the “Needing Additional Assistance or Improvement” benchmark group participated in one-on-one, semi-structured interviews, and completed a 25-item, 4-point Likert scale survey that rated confidence levels with specific math skills and the extent to which these skills were perceived to be addressed in the nursing curriculum. Responses from the two benchmark groups were compared and contrasted. Eight themes emerged from the qualitative data. Findings related to mathematical approach and confidence levels with specific math skills were determined to be statistically significant.

Pyo, Katrina A.


"I Was Actually a Nurse": The Meaning of Professionalism for Baccalaureate Nursing Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In a phenomenological study, 69 nursing students discussed their experience of being professional, which was grounded in their concept of self and others. Three interrelated figural themes emerged from this ground: belonging, knowing, and affirmation. (SK)

Secrest, Janet A.; Norwood, Barbara R.; Keatley, Virginia M.



Academic Safety During Nursing Simulation: Perceptions of Nursing Students and Faculty  

Microsoft Academic Search

BackgroundNursing simulation is said to be a safe learning environment. However, research and anecdotal information suggest it may be safe for patients but not academically safe for students. Academic safety is defined.

Barbara J. Ganley; Luanne Linnard-Palmer


Improving nursing students' communication skills using crew resource management strategies.  


To provide optimal patient care, all members of the health care team must effectively communicate patient status and the current plan of care. The Crew Resource Management (CRM) training system has been successfully used in the aviation industry to manage human error and reduce risk in the operational environment. CRM focuses on behaviors that support communication and teamwork and is modifiable to be used in nursing education. A version of CRM-nursing crew resource management-was implemented in a group of senior undergraduate nursing students. Students were satisfied with the program, and in a subsequent simulation they demonstrated the ability to use the communication techniques learned. PMID:23380022

Aebersold, Michelle; Tschannen, Dana; Sculli, Gary



Evaluation of Makaton in practice by children's nursing students.  


The number of service users with communication difficulties is increasing. Training in the use of alternative communication and aids, such as Makaton, is valuable and should be made available. to nurses and other healthcare professionals, in particular to students in the first year of their nursing degree. Early introduction of Makaton could encourage staff to be proactive in their communication skills throughout their career and inspire other workers to learn the same techniques. The author discusses the evaluation and use of basic signing in Makaton following a session for children's nursing students at one UK university. PMID:23691900

Vinales, James Jude



Social-Emotional Characteristics of Gifted Accelerated and Non-Accelerated Students in the Netherlands  

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|Background: In the studies of acceleration conducted so far a multidimensional perspective has largely been neglected. No attempt has been made to relate social-emotional characteristics of accelerated versus non-accelerated students in perspective of environmental factors. Aims: In this study, social-emotional characteristics of accelerated

Hoogeveen, Lianne; van Hell, Janet G.; Verhoeven, Ludo



Assessment of electronic health record usability with undergraduate nursing students.  


Health information technology (HIT), and specifically electronic health records (EHR), are recognized as fundamental tools for collecting, storing, retrieving, and monitoring patient care and information. However, few schools of nursing have incorporated theoretical or practical aspects of HIT competencies within the educational curriculum. The purpose of this study was to conduct a usability assessment to explore undergraduate nursing student electronic health record documentation knowledge and skill, using a patient case scenario to inform the development of an informatics-based undergraduate nursing curriculum. Three themes were identified: "Being a Novice User/Practitioner," "Confidentiality and Security," and "Repetition and Practice." Integration of the EHR into nursing curriculum will allow students an EHR apprenticeship with the potential to enhance understanding and skill of nursing processes, documentation, and critical thinking. Findings will also guide teaching and learning strategies that will respond to rising expectations for competency with health information technology. PMID:22718666

Jones, Stephanie; Donelle, Lorie



Using deconstruction to educate Generation Y nursing students.  


Nurse educators are obligated to use creative strategies to educate a post-modern generation of students who possess distinct characteristics, particularly related to teaching and learning. The complexity of today's health care system, related to changing sociological factors and the differences in this generation, gives reason to tap into the strengths of this generation and consider how a postmodern perspective can influence nursing and nursing education. Derrida, to whom deconstruction is attributed, approached postmodern philosophy as a form of textual criticism. Deconstruction denotes a particular practice of reading, criticism, and analytical inquiry, factors that are important to nursing education. This article describes how deconstruction can be used to enhance nursing education of Generation Y students, and its application to reading comprehension and writing skills is explored. PMID:18196840

Arhin, Afua O; Cormier, Eileen



Student nurses' perceptions of clinical decision-making in the final year of adult nursing studies  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper focuses upon an exploration of undergraduate students' perceptions of clinical decision-making skills in their final year of a baccalaureate adult nursing programme. A phenomenological study was carried out, with a sample of 21 students undertaking their nursing management module. They produced a consensus concept mapping of clinical decision-making and completed self-assessment questionnaires exploring their personal confidence and understanding

B. Garrett



Stressors, academic performance, and learned resourcefulness in baccalaureate nursing students.  


High stress levels in nursing students may affect memory, concentration, and problem-solving ability, and may lead to decreased learning, coping, academic performance, and retention. College students with higher levels of learned resourcefulness develop greater self-confidence, motivation, and academic persistence, and are less likely to become anxious, depressed, and frustrated, but no studies specifically involve nursing students. This explanatory correlational study used Gadzella's Student-life Stress Inventory (SSI) and Rosenbaum's Self Control Scale (SCS) to explore learned resourcefulness, stressors, and academic performance in 53 baccalaureate nursing students. High levels of personal and academic stressors were evident, but not significant predictors of academic performance (p = .90). Age was a significant predictor of academic performance (p = < .01) and males and African-American/Black participants had higher learned resourcefulness scores than females and Caucasians. Studies in larger, more diverse samples are necessary to validate these findings. PMID:21291410

Goff, Anne-Marie



Collaborative educational initiative: developing and implementing a perioperative nursing course for baccalaureate nursing students.  


Baccalaureate nursing curricula provide minimal exposure to the perioperative specialty area despite the fact that students are often very interested in this area of nursing. Usually the baccalaureate learning experience is that of a single passive observation rather than actively participating in care of perioperative patients. There are many reasons for this lack of exposure including the focus on preparation of nurse "generalists" for practice. This article will highlight the collaborative effort between nursing education and perioperative staff development to meet the essentials of baccalaureate education requirements as well as the challenges and positive outcomes of introducing this course. PMID:23522265

Ruth-Sahd, Lisa A; Wilson, Gail



Alexithymia and burnout in nursing students.  


Although previous studies have indicated an association between alexithymia and burnout, they have not controlled for well-established organizational factors, depression, and coping mechanisms that could confound the relationship. This study investigated the association between alexithymia and occupational burnout. One hundred eighty-three nursing students were assessed up to 3 months before graduating from their program. Alexithymia was measured with the Toronto Alexithymia Scale, occupational burnout was measured with the Maslach Burnout Inventory, work-related factors were measured with the Areas of Worklife Survey, depression was measured with Beck Depression Inventory-II, and coping strategies were measured with the COPE Dispositional Inventory. Hierarchical multiple regressions indicated that externally oriented thinking style was significantly associated with personal accomplishment and depersonalization after adjusting for depression, coping, and work-related factors. The results indicate that only a single aspect of the alexithymia construct serves as a possibly independent predisposing factor for specific burnout dimensions. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(11):627-633.]. PMID:24127178

Katsifaraki, Maria; Tucker, Philip



Baccalaureate nursing students' information technology competence--agency perspectives.  


Baccalaureate nurses must meet information technology (IT) competencies expectations for employment and future professional development. Unfortunately, educational programs and accrediting groups have not identified specific outcomes, and IT is not integrated formally into many undergraduate program curricula. Meanwhile, nursing students and faculty are practicing in clinical agencies undergoing an informatics and technology revolution. Adding courses and content, hardware, software, and strategies such as distance learning and simulation have been recommended to improve competency development. However, little is known regarding nursing students' experiences with IT in clinical practice. Agencies used as sites for one undergraduate program were surveyed and asked to identify barriers and facilitators to students' IT competencies attainment. Ten agency, program, and policy factors affecting the quality of the learning experience in clinical agencies were identified. Results underscored that leadership to improve collaboration and communication between nursing practice, education, and policy groups is necessary to improve clinical environments for IT learning. PMID:19161962

Fetter, Marilyn S


Aspects of nurse education programmes that frequently cause stress to nursing students – fact-finding sample survey  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study examined reported stress in 12 areas commonly reported to cause stress to nursing students. A questionnaire was distributed to 110 third-year nursing students, and the results indicate that stress exists for students in both the clinical and academic aspects of the programme. Financial constraints and academic-related concerns emerged as the most stressful areas for the students. A third

Fiona Timmins; M. Kaliszer



Nursing students' perceptions of learning in practice environments: a review.  


Effective clinical learning requires integration of nursing students into ward activities, staff engagement to address individual student learning needs, and innovative teaching approaches. Assessing characteristics of practice environments can provide useful insights for development. This study identified predominant features of clinical learning environments from nursing students' perspectives across studies using the same measure in different countries over the last decade. Six studies, from three different countries, using the Clinical Leaning Environment Inventory (CLEI) were reviewed. Studies explored consistent trends about learning environment. Students rated sense of task accomplishment high. Affiliation also rated highly though was influenced by models of care. Feedback measuring whether students' individual needs and views were accommodated consistently rated lower. Across different countries students report similar perceptions about learning environments. Clinical learning environments are most effective in promoting safe practice and are inclusive of student learners, but not readily open to innovation and challenges to routine practices. PMID:21514982

Henderson, Amanda; Cooke, Marie; Creedy, Debra K; Walker, Rachel



Student nurse socialisation in compassionate practice: a Grounded Theory study.  


Compassionate practice is expected of Registered Nurses (RNs) around the world while at the same time remaining a contested concept. Nevertheless, student nurses are expected to enact compassionate practice in order to become RNs. In order for this to happen they require professional socialisation within environments where compassion can flourish. However, there is concern that student nurse socialisation is not enabling compassion to flourish and be maintained upon professional qualification. In order to investigate this further, a glaserian Grounded Theory study was undertaken using in-depth, digitally recorded interviews with student nurses (n=19) at a university in the north of England during 2009 and 2010. Interviews were also undertaken with their nurse teachers (n=5) and data from National Health Service (NHS) patients (n=72,000) and staff (n=290,000) surveys were used to build a contextual picture of the student experience. Within the selected findings presented, analysis of the data indicates that students aspire to the professional ideal of compassionate practice although they have concerns about how compassionate practice might fit within the RN role because of constraints on RN practice. Students feel vulnerable to dissonance between professional ideals and practice reality. They experience uncertainty about their future role and about opportunities to engage in compassionate practice. Students manage their vulnerability and uncertainty by balancing between an intention to uphold professional ideals and challenge constraints, and a realisation they might need to adapt their ideals and conform to constraints. This study demonstrates that socialisation in compassionate practice is compromised by dissonance between professional idealism and practice realism. Realignment between the reality of practice and professional ideals, and fostering student resilience, are required if students are to be successfully socialised in compassionate practice and enabled to retain this professional ideal within the demands of 21st century nursing. PMID:22583813

Curtis, Katherine; Horton, Khim; Smith, Pam



Integrated nursing access program: an approach to prepare aboriginal students for nursing careers.  


The challenge to transfer the health care of Aboriginal peoples of Canada from non-Aboriginal to predominantly Aboriginal health professionals, requires preliminary innovative approaches in post-secondary education. Described in this paper, is the background, development and progress to date of the Integrated Nursing Access Program (INAP) for Aboriginal students, and its phenomenological approach to curriculum design. Traditional indigenous knowledge and methodologies are embedded in process learning and university-level program activities. Learning in this INAP Bachelor of Nursing program occurs over three years, during which time students complete high school requirements together with some first year nursing courses. The program is followed by three additional years of exclusive baccalaureate level nursing education. To date, students have successfully completed the first half of this program. PMID:20361858

Orchard, Carole A; Didham, Paula; Jong, Cathy; Fry, June



Peer bullying in a pre-registration student nursing population.  


Peer bullying is a major problem in schools and workplaces including the National Health Service. Although there are a few published studies exploring the incidence of peer bullying among university students, none is specific to pre-registration nursing students. Nursing programmes are delivered across two campuses of the university however students registered at individual campuses do not mix which makes the experiences of each campus individual. The aim of this study was to explore the incidence and manifestation of peer bullying amongst pre-registration nursing students in the university setting. The study describes the reported incidence of the three types of peer bullying behaviour: physical, verbal and non-verbal bullying. Participants in their final year of adult nurse education were asked to explore their perceptions of peer bullying, the frequency of witnessed or experienced behaviour and the location of where this behaviour occurred on the university campuses via a quantitative questionnaire. In total 190 students were surveyed with 156 (82%) responding. Participants reported peer bullying is experienced by student nurses on university premises and that academic members of staff are sometimes present when this behaviour is demonstrated. Reported levels of bullying decreased during their 2nd and 3rd years of the course compared to the foundation year. This decrease may have been in response to the university's strong anti-bullying stance. PMID:22093882

Cooper, Brenda; Curzio, Joan



Changes in Taiwanese nursing student values during the educational experience.  


Professional values are standards for action and provide a framework for evaluating behavior. This study examined changes in the professional values of nursing students between their entrance to and graduation from an undergraduate nursing program. A pre- and post-test design was employed. A convenience sample of 94 students from a university in Taiwan was surveyed. Data were collected from students during the sophomore and senior years. Total scores obtained for the revised Nurses Professional Values Scale during the senior year of the nursing program were significantly higher than upon program entry. The 'caring' subscale was scored highest at both program entry and graduation, but the pre- and post-test scores were not significantly different from each other. The students scored significantly higher on the 'professionalism' and 'activism' subscales at post-test than they did at pre-test. Professional values changed in a positive direction between the beginning of the student nurses' educational experience and their graduation. The results supported the premise that education had a positive effect on these students' professional values but causality could not be assumed. PMID:20801966

Lin, Yu-Hua; Liching Sung Wang; Yarbrough, Susan; Alfred, Danita; Martin, Pam



Moral judgment competence of nursing students in the Czech Republic.  


The aim of this cross-sectional study was to determine the level of moral judgment competence in students of nursing at the University of Ostrava Faculty of Medicine, and whether it is influenced by the field of study, type of study, current year of study and age. The design of the study was cross-sectional. The survey sample comprised 662 full-time and part-time students of General Nursing and Midwifery. To measure ethical competence, Lind's Moral Judgment Test (MJT, 1995) was used. The nursing students showed low C-index scores (the mean C-index was 14.24±9.56). The C-index was significantly influenced only by the type of study and age (p<0.05). Part-time students and those over 30years of age had the lowest C-index scores. On average, the students preferred stages 5 and 6 of moral judgment, that is the post-conventional level. Due to the nursing students' lower C-index scores, methods developing ethical argumentation should be introduced into nursing ethics courses. PMID:22795743

Bužgová, Radka; Sikorová, Lucie



The Impact of a Reflective Thinking Intervention on Nursing Students in a Child and Family Nursing Course  

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|With the ever-changing healthcare systems, nursing students need to think at a high level by applying their knowledge from theory to the clinical setting by prioritizing, delegating, and problem solving to provide safe, competent, quality nursing care. Using action research, nursing students participated in R.A.V.E. (Reflective Thinking Allows…

Becherer, Vicky H.



Nursing Student Research Assistant Program: A strategy to enhance nursing research capacity building in a Magnet status pediatric hospital  

Microsoft Academic Search

For busy clinicians, time to conduct research is scarce. A novel solution, the Nursing Student Research Assistant Program (NS-RAP), was designed in collaboration with area nursing schools to build research capacity at a pediatric hospital. Undergraduate and graduate nursing students participated in a variety of research experiences that, in turn, aided the conduct of clinician-initiated research at the pediatric hospital.

Patricia A. Jamerson; Anne F. Fish; Geralyn Frandsen



I felt like a real nurse - student nurses out on their own.  


In the United Kingdom, the education of nurses to be 'fit for practice' has received considerable attention having a catalytic effect on the way nursing programmes are organised. A period of clinical practice is now recommended in the final stages of nurse education to help prepare students for the role of registered practitioner. In the study area, the opportunity for student nurses in the final stages of their programme to visit patients and clients on their own in the community is given to facilitate achievement of the competencies required for entry to the nursing register. The aim of the study reported here was to discover what this experience meant for students in their final year. A qualitative methodology utilising one-to-one, semi-structured interviews was adopted. The tape-recorded interviews were transcribed and the content analysed to reveal codes, categories and themes. The findings revealed that being 'out on their own' was valued by students who felt they were taking on the role of a 'real nurse'. The main themes to emerge were: building confidence, developing professionalism in relationships, learning to manage care, developing knowledge and gaining insight, and being included and supported. The opportunity for final stage students to work independently in whatever setting they are placed is recommended as important for their professional development. PMID:17897755

Anderson, Evelyn E; Kiger, Alice M



Health Promotion and Tobacco Control: Student Nurses' Perspectives.  

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Interviews and surveys of 272 Manitoba nursing students yielded 5 themes related to health promotion and tobacco use: identity, central beliefs/attitudes, learning the facts, limited practice options, and role conflict. Students expressed considerable uncertainty about individual autonomy, themselves as role models, and their use of health…

Chalmers, Karen; Seguire, Marilyn; Brown, Judy



Attitudes of Hungarian students and nurses to physician assisted suicide  

Microsoft Academic Search

In Hungary, which has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world, physician assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia are punishable criminal acts. Attitudes towards self destruction and assisted suicide are, however, very controversial. We investigated the attitudes of medical students, nurses and social science students in Hungary towards PAS, using a twelve item scale: the total number of

S Fekete; P Osvath; A Jegesy



Tactical reframing to reduce death anxiety in undergraduate nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The effectiveness of a death education program in reducing death anxiety in Australian undergraduate nursing students was examined. The experimental group (n = 97) participated in a death education program conducted over a 13-week period. The comparison group (n = 122) included undergraduate students at the same academic level who had enrolled in a health-science program of similar structure, design,

Deborah C. Mooney



Second Life ®: A New Strategy in Educating Nursing Students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this article is to discuss how the University of Michigan School of Nursing designed and implemented a virtual hospital unit in Second Life® to run virtual simulations. Three scenarios were developed about topics that represent areas that contribute to patient safety, as well as key student learning challenges. Fifteen students completed a 6-question survey evaluating their experience.

Michelle Aebersold; Dana Tschannen; Marc Stephens; Patricia Anderson; Xuefeng Lei


Experiences of Transfer Students in a Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program  

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Community college students who transfer to universities face innumerable challenges. While documented in the American literature on transfer, there has been relatively little published research on transfer in Canada. This paper explores the experience of nursing students transferring from three community colleges to a large urban university in…

Cameron, Cherylyn



Nursing students' and clinical teachers' perceptions of effective teacher characteristics  

Microsoft Academic Search

Instructional and organisational strategies can improve students' transfer of knowledge and skill to the workplace. Constraints on transfer include: 1. a shortage of teachers who can build transfer inlo programmes; and 2. time span (interval) between teaching of the task and transfer of learning. Fifteen nursing students and five clinical teachers from a university in Western Australia participated in the

Shirley Chow



Using Multiple Technologies to Teach Nursing Students about Adoption  

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Technology is becoming increasingly more important in the enhancement of educating university students. Very little research has been done regarding how the combination of educational technologies affects test scores, compared to the use of one technology alone. This research article examines whether the post-scores of nursing students increased…

Harrison, Sharonlyn; Henneman, Kris; Herrera, Maida Y.; Hockman, Elaine; Brooks, Evelyn; Darland, Nancy; Kulik, Noel; Sandy-Hanson, Anika E.



Calculating Dosages: A Programed Learner for Student Nurses.  

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Intended for nursing students, this programed workbook contains learning exercises and study tests on using household, apothecary, and metric systems in calculating medication dosages. The material, organized in six learning units, was designed to help students meet six objectives: correctly interpret and use accepted symbols and abbreviations in…

Hare, Mary


Socializing Students toward a Career in Nursing Research.  

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Undergraduate nursing students at an historically black college were socialized to research in three projects: (1) collaboration with a community coalition on environmental justice, involving a large-scale survey; (2) study of compliance with a health advisory; and (3) 6-week summer immersion at a research university. Many students developed an…

Powell, Dorothy L.; Green, Pauline M.; Slade, Diann S.



Nurturing nursing students during intensive care unit clinical practicum.  


Approximately one-third of new graduates will quit their jobs in the first year. When nurses leave, vacant positions result in increased overtime for the remaining staff, which eventually results in burnout. Burnout leads to even more turnover. This article describes how the staff transformed a neurosurgical intensive care unit and nurture students through the application of Jean Watson's 10 Caritas processes. When nursing students complete their clinical practicum in the unit, learning is enhanced, the students seek to continue to work in the intensive care unit, recruitment and retention are encouraged, and burnout may be prevented. PMID:20703132

Goldin, Marlienne; Kautz, Donald D


A study of nursing student abuse in Turkey.  


Because abuse negatively affects victims' physiological, psychological, and social health, the main purpose of this study was to identify the abuse experiences of nursing students in Turkey. This descriptive study used a questionnaire, administered to 225 students. Participants stated they were abused verbally (100%), academically (83.1%), sexually (53.3%), and physically (5.7%). Classmates, faculty, nurses, physicians, patients, and patients' family members were identified as sources of the abuse. First-year and second-year students experienced verbal and academic abuse less often than third-year and fourth-year students. All of the participants who experienced verbal and academic abuse felt anger toward the person who abused them. "Doing nothing" was the most common coping method among participants. Based on the results of the study, it is suggested that training on abuse be available as part of nursing school curricula. In addition, policies and procedures for reporting abuse should be developed. PMID:15303588

Celik, Sevilay Senol; Bayraktar, Nurhan



Nursing students' perspectives of the cause of medication errors.  


BACKGROUND: Medication errors complicate up to half of inpatient stays and some have very serious consequences. To our knowledge, this is the first qualitative study of Iranian nursing students' perspectives of medication errors. OBJECTIVES: To describe nursing students' perspectives of the causes of medication errors. DESIGN: Four focus groups were held with 24 nursing students from 4 different academic semesters in the nursing school in Tehran, between November 2011 and November 2012. Using a qualitative descriptive design, themes and subthemes were identified by content analysis. RESULTS: Two main themes emerged from the data: "under-developed caring skills in medication management" and "unfinished learning of safe medication management", which was subdivided into "drifting between being worried and being careful", and "contextualising pharmacology education". All respondents felt that their education programmes were leaving them vulnerable to "drug errors" and cited incidents where patient safety had been jeopardised. CONCLUSION: Nursing curricula need to increase investment in medicines management. If nursing students are to become competent, skilful and safe practitioners, their learning will require extensive support from their academic institutions and clinical mentors. PMID:23669600

Vaismoradi, Mojtaba; Jordan, Sue; Turunen, Hannele; Bondas, Terese



Nursing students' perceptions toward the nursing profession from clinical practicum in a baccalaureate nursing program-a qualitative study.  


The purpose of this study was to explore senior nursing students' perceptions toward the nursing profession and their experiences in clinical practicum in Taiwan. This study used semistructured interview guides and unstructured face-to-face dialogue with the participants based on a qualitative method. A purposive sample with a snowball method from a baccalaureate nursing program in Southern Taiwan was used to recruit participants. A total of 30 senior nursing students participated in this study. Data were collected from February to May 2011. The interviews were transcribed verbatim, and data were analyzed based on the phenomenological approach of qualitative methodology. Data were categorized into three major themes: in-depth recognition of nursing, recognition of the meaning and value of life, and decision conflicts for being a nurse. The findings of the study not only help nursing educators further understand the educational effects of clinical practicum, but also provide information for managers of medical organizations to recruit and train newly graduated nurses. PMID:23465420

Tseng, Hui-Chen; Wang, Hsiu-Hung; Weng, Wei-Che



Student Nurses' Association of California Recruitment Project.  

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The report describes a project to place a recruitment folder in high schools and junior colleges in California for the purpose of recuiting high school youth into nursing by making available current nursing career material to them when they are making car...



Perceptions of research utilization: comparisons between health care professionals, nursing students and a reference group of nurse clinicians.  


The study reported in this paper was carried out to investigate a group of nursing teachers' (n=37), nursing students' (n=166), nursing administrators' (n=33) and physicians' (n=127) perceptions of barriers to and facilitators of nurses' use of research findings in clinical practice. The results were compared with the corresponding figures for a reference group of nurse clinicians (n=237). The Barriers Scale and a questionnaire for the demographic issues were used for data collection. The organization and the communication of research were seen as barriers to research utilization by the nursing teachers, students and administrators in agreement with the nurse clinicians. The nurses' research-related competence and awareness were seen as barriers by the nursing teachers, students and administrators to a greater extent than by the nurse clinicians themselves. The physicians perceived barriers to a lesser extent than the other groups did. The students' perceptions were closest to the nurse clinicians, while the physicians' perceptions differed most. Education to increase the nurses' knowledge of research and to develop their competence to evaluate research results, increased resources for education, more staff, support from the administration and research presented in a user-friendly way were the most frequently suggested facilitators. The nurses' isolation from knowledgeable colleagues with whom to discuss the research was seen as a barrier by the majority of the participants. This indicates a need for positions in clinical practice for nursing researchers, in order to promote a research-based, nursing practice. PMID:10632798

Kajermo, K N; Nordström, G; Krusebrant, A; Björvell, H



The Efficacy of Academic Acceleration for Gifted Minority Students  

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|This study supported the use of acceleration for gifted minority students in math. The gifted minority students in this study viewed taking accelerated math courses as exciting and beneficial for preparation for high school and college and particularly liked the challenges they encountered while taking advanced classes. They enjoyed working ahead…

Lee, Seon-Young; Olszewski-Kubilius, Paula; Peternel, George



Why do student nurses leave? Suggestions from a Delphi study.  


The high dropout rate of nursing students is a major concern. However, there is little research available about the reasons why students leave. Universities collect some information from 'exit' interviews but, due to ethical sensitivities, it is not made available for research analysis. The purpose of this study was to establish a consensus view of the reasons why student nurses leave their pre-registration education programme. The study was undertaken in two phases. Initially, an exploratory phase using focus groups and one-to-one interviews was used to gather multi-professional views about the reasons why students leave. In the second phase a questionnaire was developed from the themes arising from the data analysis in phase one. The questionnaire was administered to an expert panel of student nurses in the form of a three-round Delphi Study. The consensus level was set at 75%. It is important to clarify that, for reasons stated above, the views expressed in this paper are those of current students about others who had left the programme. From this study, it is apparent that, with the exception of academic failure, there was no single contributing factor that was thought to make students leave. However, there were a number of important issues identified as factors that may result in student nurses leaving. These include communication and operational factors between the university and clinical areas, feelings of not being valued, unmet expectations, and stress. These issues were of concern to students and appeared to have a cumulative effect that led them to question whether they should continue their education programme. On the basis of these findings, several recommendations are made to improve the student nurse experience. PMID:12900194

Last, Lynn; Fulbrook, Paul



The experience of nursing students in an online doctoral program in nursing: A phenomenological study  

Microsoft Academic Search

The increased sophistication of technology has led to greater use of distance learning, providing graduate nursing students with increased access to such programs, while more easily maintaining employment. Little information is available regarding the experience for those students enrolled on these programs. This information would be of value to both those who are considering online courses, and to those who

Margaret Jordan Halter; Catherine Kleiner; Rosanna Formanek Hess



Integrating quality and safety competencies into undergraduate nursing using student-designed simulation.  


The purpose of this study was to determine whether an innovative teaching approach, a student-led simulation, was effective in increasing students' quality and safety knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the six Quality and Safety Education for Nurses competency areas. The sample included students (N = 141) enrolled in a traditional and accelerated leadership course in the baccalaureate-nursing program at a midwestern public university during the fall 2009 semester. A quasi-experimental pretest and posttest design was used. Paired-samples t tests were used to analyze the data. Overall scores on the self-inventory in the traditional (p < 0.001) and accelerated (p = 0.011) groups significantly increased. Knowledge and safety test scores in both the traditional (knowledge: p < .001; safety: p = 0.028) and accelerated (knowledge: p = 0.027; safety: p = 0.03) groups increased significantly. The innovation significantly improved students' self-efficacy and knowledge related to the quality and safety competencies. PMID:21534498

Piscotty, Ronald; Grobbel, Claudia; Tzeng, Huey-Ming



Retention of nursing students with English as a second language.  


The purposes of this study were to: (a) determine nursing students' perceptions of the learning activities which contribute the most to their knowledge and skills; (b) determine students' perceptions of their learning difficulties; (c) compare the perceptions of English as a second language (ESL) and non-ESL students; (d) determine nursing faculty perceptions of ESL students' learning difficulties; (e) compare the perceptions of ESL students and faculty; and (f) identify needs for educational and/or supportive programmes for faculty and students. Differences in perceptions of faculty and students regarding areas of difficulty and students' needs may influence the services provided to students and therefore contribute to their lack of success and attrition. A questionnaire was given to students in the first and second years of the University of British Columbia (UBC)/Vancouver Hospital (VH) Nursing Programme to collect data regarding their high school and post-secondary education, date of arrival in Canada, first language, and their perceptions of helpfulness and difficulty of learning activities. A similar questionnaire was given to faculty members working with these students to collect data about their perceptions of areas of difficulty and activities that contribute the most to the learning of ESL students. Data analysis consisted of t-tests for statistical comparison of the responses of ESL and non-ESL students, and ESL students and faculty. The results indicated statistically significant differences between the perceptions of faculty and ESL students, particularly in the areas of difficulty. The need for educational programmes for both faculty and students was identified. PMID:9004030

Jalili-Grenier, F; Chase, M M



Pre-registration diploma student nurse stress and coping measures.  


The aim of this study is to examine the stress experiences and coping abilities of student nurses. A survey design was employed to examine the stress experiences of Diploma student nurses in a large Dublin Teaching Hospital. A questionnaire was utilized that measured and explored five specific constructs pertinent to student nurse stress. These included clinical stress, academic stress, coping, emotions and personal factors which assist students nurses during periods of stress. Findings showed that examinations, the level and intensity of academic workload, the theory-practice gap and poor relationships with clinical staff were the leading stressors identified. Emotional reactions to stress included feeling exhausted and upset under pressure. Students adopted short-term emotion focused coping strategies when attempting to deal with stress. A sense of achievement, and determination, were personal factors, which assisted students to continue in the event of stress being present. Content analysis of the open questions shed further light in relation to the stress phenomenon, particularly in relation to clinical stress. The provision of adequate support services from a clinical and academic perspective, a lecture-practitioner model of education delivery, and curriculum changes which focus on developing student self awareness skills are the suggested study recommendations. PMID:15312957

Evans, William; Kelly, Billy



Nurses’ conceptions of how an alternative supervision model influences their competence in assessment of nursing students in clinical practice  

Microsoft Academic Search

AimThe aim of the study was to describe variations in clinical nurses’ conceptions of how an alternative supervision model influences their competence in assessing nursing students in clinical practice.

Solveig Struksnes; Ragna I. Engelien; Wenche B. Bogsti; Öyfrid L. Moen; Siv S. Nordhagen; Elisabeth Solvik; Barbro Arvidsson


Issues in the socialisation process of the male student nurse: implications for retention in undergraduate nursing courses.  


Although the number of males who choose nursing as a career is increasing, there is evidence to suggest that attrition rates are significantly high. This paper presents a review of the literature that focuses on highlighting those factors thought to impinge on the educational experience of the male nursing student. The discussion begins by illuminating the problems experienced by males who choose a profession where the traditional gender role is female. From this, the implications for nurse educators and strategies for facilitating the retention of male students in nursing courses are discussed. In particular, focus is given to the fact that nurse educators have the tendency to isolate male nursing students both in the educational and clinical setting. From this, it is highlighted that continued efforts need to be applied in relation to dispelling traditional nurse role stereotypes if the goal of retaining male nursing students is to be realised. PMID:14769452

Stott, Amanda



Collaborating to optimize nursing students' agency information technology use.  


As the learning laboratory for gaining actual patient care experience, clinical agencies play an essential role in nursing education. With an information technology revolution transforming healthcare, nursing programs are eager for their students to learn the latest informatics systems and technologies. However, many healthcare institutions are struggling to meet their own information technology needs and report limited resources and other as barriers to nursing student training. In addition, nursing students' information technology access and use raise security and privacy concerns. With the goal of a fully electronic health record by 2014, it is imperative that agencies and educational programs collaborate. They need to establish educationally sound, cost-effective, and secure policies and procedures for managing students' use of information technology systems. Strategies for evaluating options, selecting training methods, and ensuring data security are shared, along with strategies that may reap clinical, economic, and educational benefits. Students' information technology use raises numerous issues that the nursing profession must address to participate in healthcare's transformation into the digital age. PMID:19901571

Fetter, Marilyn S


Nursing students' leadership and emotional intelligence in Turkey.  


The purpose of this study was to determine nursing students' leadership and emotional intelligence. The study was conducted as a descriptive study in a nursing school in 2008. The sample comprised 69 junior and 85 senior nursing students and was based on voluntary participation. Data were collected through a data sheet, a leadership style questionnaire, and the Bar-On Emotional Intelligence Quotient Inventory. There were no statistically significant differences in leadership orientations and emotional intelligence between junior and senior students (p > 0.05). Although there was a significant relationship between emotional intelligence and task-oriented leadership (r = 0.427, p = 0.001), there was no significant relationship between emotional intelligence and people-oriented leadership (r = 0.076, p = 0.367). Students' emotional intelligence score was average, and their people-oriented leadership score was approximately half of the total score. It is recommended to develop strategies for improving nursing students' people-oriented leadership skills during their nursing education. PMID:21323258

Duygulu, Sergul; Hicdurmaz, Duygu; Akyar, Imatullah



Perceptions of nursing: confirmation, change and the student experience.  


Research has identified a number of negative societal perceptions of nursing related to gendered stereotyping, subordination to doctors, low academic standards, limited career opportunities and poor pay and conditions, and importantly how these perceptions may affect levels of recruitment into nursing. Focusing specifically on nurses, research has also considered the extent to which these societal perceptions are realities in their workplaces, and the direct experiences that contribute to attrition from both nursing courses and jobs. However, to date, few research has actually bridged the above approaches and considered the perceptions that nursing students hold as they first enter their education and how these change, or are confirmed, as a result of their experiences. In this context, the current study uses a combined questionnaire (n = 650), interview (n = 30) and focus group (n = 7) methodology to investigate the experiences of students based at two British Universities. The findings suggest that many students were surprised, yet not overwhelmed, by the high academic standards required of them and came to recognize and value the tremendous knowledge, skills set and responsibilities of nurses as they acquired them. However, their experiences reinforced both society's and their own image of an underpaid, overworked profession that lacks respect and has low morale. The findings support media initiatives that emphasize nurses' skills in order to influence public opinion. They also support a range of subtle changes in nurse education at the institutional level to make student life easier. Nevertheless, it is acknowledged that these may have a limited impact unless pay and conditions are adequately addressed at the national level. PMID:15288795

Brodie, D A David A; Andrews, G J Gavin J; Andrews, J P Justin P; Thomas, G B Gail B; Wong, Josephine; Rixon, Lorna



Results of a questionnaire about nurse students' smoking habits and knowledges in an Italian teaching school of nursing  

Microsoft Academic Search

Six-hundred and sixty-two nurse students (aged 25.2 ± 4.11 years; 153 were males) answered a self-administered, anonymous questionnaire about smoking habits and knowledges in a large urban Teaching School of Nursing. The overall response rate was 88%. Current smokers were 336 (51%), former smokers 80 (12%). Nurse students claimed to know the dangers of tobacco and nurse training seemed to

E. Boccoli; A. Federici; A. S. Melanie; E. Paola



Complementary and alternative medicine use among undergraduate nursing & midwifery students in Turkey.  


The aim of this study was to determine the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by nursing and midwifery students. A cross-sectional survey was performed among nursing and midwifery students. Second, third and fourth year students were taken in the sample group. The mean age of the students was 21.37 ± 2.23. 72.4% of the participants had knowledge about CAM. The sources of information were firstly books/magazines (65.5%) and school (60.3%). 93.5% of the students preferred to use both CAM and medical treatments at their illnesses. The rate of the students, who use CAM in patient care, was 72.7%. Hot and cold application (51.6%), massage (50.9%) and exercise (48.7%) were the most chosen methods by students, to use in patient care and to recommend them to the patients. They also pointed that, CAM affects the psychology of patients positively (65.5%), accelerates the healing process (59.6%). 86.5% of the participants pointed that; they want the integration of CAM, especially massage (74.2%) and meditation (46.9%) into the curriculum. The majority of the students reported that using and recommending CAM to their patients is beneficial. These methods should be integrated into the curriculum. PMID:23083897

Çamurdan, Çi?dem; Gül, Asiye



Hispanic nursing students' journey to success: a metasynthesis.  


With the Hispanic population considered the largest and fastest growing minority population, Hispanic health care needs will continue to place significant demands on our current system. Increasing the number of Hispanic nurses has become a priority. However, Latinos continue to account for only a small percentage of those enrolled in nursing programs. High attrition rates also negatively affect the number of Hispanic graduates. A more in-depth investigation of this complex issue may lead to increased awareness and understanding of the obstacles. This meta-synthesis aims to identify facilitators and barriers for Hispanic nursing students along their journey to success. PMID:19645370

Alicea-Planas, Jessica



You have no credibility: nursing students' experiences of horizontal violence.  


Horizontal violence is a significant issue confronting the nursing profession both in Australia and internationally. The term horizontal violence is used to describe bullying and aggression involving inter-group conflict. Some evidence suggests that nursing students commonly experience this during clinical placement(s). Despite the current shortage of nurses and the fact that clinical placement experiences may influence whether students remain in the nursing profession, there has been little research undertaken on this topic. This study used a questionnaire to investigate 152 second and third year nursing student's experiences of horizontal violence (either directly experienced or witnessed). Analysis identified five major themes: humiliation and lack of respect; powerlessness and becoming invisible; hierarchical nature of horizontal violence; coping strategies; and future employment choices. More than half of the sample indicated that they had experienced or witnessed horizontal violence; importantly, most of these (51% of the total sample) also indicated that it would impact on their future career and/or their employment choices. Strategies are discussed that could be implemented to reduce the effect of horizontal violence, including giving a higher priority to debriefing within a supportive university environment, and teaching assertiveness and conflict resolution skills within the Bachelor of Nursing Degree. PMID:17689439

Curtis, Janette; Bowen, Isla; Reid, Amanda



A study of stress and burnout in nursing students in Hong Kong: A questionnaire survey  

Microsoft Academic Search

BackgroundStress in nursing students may be related to attrition from nursing programmes and lead to a shortage of nurses entering clinical careers. In addition, stress leads to psychological morbidity which may have profound adverse consequences for individual nursing students.

Roger Watson; Ian Deary; David Thompson; Gloria Li



The Relationship of Nursing Faculty Clinical Teaching Behaviors to Student Learning  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Clinical experience is the most important component of nursing education (Gaberson & Oermann, 2007; Walker, 2005). As part of the clinical learning environment, the clinical teaching behaviors of nursing faculty have significant potential to influence students' learning. Nurse educators have a responsibility to provide nursing students with…

Kube, Marcia L.



Hong Kong nursing students’ perception of the clinical environment: a questionnaire survey  

Microsoft Academic Search

Clinical practice is a vital component of the nursing curriculum yet it takes place in a complex social context. This survey examined Hong Kong nursing students’ perception of the social climate of the clinical learning environment. The targeted subjects were all Years 2–4 pre-registration nursing students at the school of nursing of a major University in Hong Kong. Participants were

Wan Yim IP; Dominic Shung Kit Chan



Teaching reflection to nursing students: a qualitative study in an Irish context  

Microsoft Academic Search

Teaching nursing students to reflect on their practice is now officially considered an essential component of nursing education in a number of countries. The aim of this study was to explore nurse teachers’ perceptions and experiences of using reflection with diploma nursing students in an Irish context. One of the central themes to emerge, upon which this article is based,

Aideen O’Connor; Abbey Hyde



The Effect of Classroom and Clinical Learning Approaches on Academic Achievement in Associate Degree Nursing Students  

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|While many students compete aggressively to enter into nursing schools, those who succeed have no guarantee they will be successful in their nursing studies, graduating, and passing the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN[R]). This study's objective was to gain a better understanding of how nursing students approach…

Carrick, Jo Anne



The Relationship of Nursing Faculty Clinical Teaching Behaviors to Student Learning  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Clinical experience is the most important component of nursing education (Gaberson & Oermann, 2007; Walker, 2005). As part of the clinical learning environment, the clinical teaching behaviors of nursing faculty have significant potential to influence students' learning. Nurse educators have a responsibility to provide nursing students with…

Kube, Marcia L.



Use of information systems in clinical training nursing students perspectives pilot study  

Microsoft Academic Search

Using information systems (IS) in nursing decreases errors, saves time, and supports clinical decision making. There is no information about nursing students' experience using IS in their clinical training that facilitate their transition as nurses into the clinical practice. This study aims to explore relationships among inputs factors; organizational factors (nursing management supports), students' use of IS; and IS outcomes

Amany A. Abdrbo; Christine Hudak



How Do Dyslexic Nursing Students Cope with Clinical Practice Placements? The Impact of the Dyslexic Profile on the Clinical Practice of Dyslexic Nursing Students: Pedagogical Issues and Considerations  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The safety of dyslexic nurses, and whether they are a danger to their patients, has been widely discussed. This empirical study sought to discover the impact of the dyslexic profile on clinical practice for nursing students. Two focus groups of third-year nursing students in higher education were set up: a control group and a dyslexic group. The…

Price, Geraldine A.; Gale, Anne



Success in nursing school: black nursing students' perception of peers, family, and faculty.  


Blacks comprise 12.3% of the U.S. population and only 4.6% of registered nurses nationally. Moreover, Blacks have the highest percentage of nongraduates among nursing students compared with other U.S. racial/ethnic groups. This descriptive qualitative study examined the perceptions and experiences that contributed to success for Black graduates, ages 18 to 50, who attended nursing degree programs with predominantly White students and identified the experiences students credited for their success. Data were collected using semi-structured in-depth interviews with 18 participants. Categories and patterns were established using content analysis. Findings suggest that the Black students valued peer support, interactions with White students' study groups, family support, and faculty encouragement and support as factors that enhanced success. This article focuses on those supports students identified as essential to graduation. The findings of this study demonstrate that it takes a community to create a nurse. Specific implications for student retention are discussed. PMID:21417190

Dapremont, Jill A



20 CFR 404.1029 - Student nurses.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

... 404.1029 Section 404.1029 Employees' Benefits SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FEDERAL OLD-AGE, SURVIVORS AND...from employment if you are enrolled and regularly attending classes in a nurses training school which is chartered or approved...



Student nurses' experiences of the body in aged care.  


Little is known about how student nurses deal with 'old bodies' in the process of providing nursing care to nursing home residents. It was an issue raised by student nurse participants involved in a pilot research project designed to develop support structures for students on placement in aged care settings. During the research discussions, where students explored their experiences of working in aged care, it became apparent that the process of providing 'hands on' care to residents with 'old wrinkly bodies' was very confronting. However, in the context of the research project, students had an opportunity to share stories of their experiences of providing care to residents and critically reflect on the issues raised. Participation in these critically reflective discussions facilitated a process whereby students could challenge taken for granted understandings of older people and their bodies and develop a new appreciation of aged care. This was most evident in a significant positive shift in their attitude to working in the sector following graduation. PMID:16167433

Robinson, Andrew; Cubit, Katrina


Nursing students' perspectives and suggestions on patient safety-Implications for developing the nursing education curriculum in Iran.  


BACKGROUND: Nursing students' close involvement in knowledge development about patient safety will enhance the integrity of the current content of nursing education and pave the way towards developing a nursing curriculum that facilitates achieving a safer health-care system. OBJECTIVES: This study explores nursing students' perspectives and suggestions on developing patient safety aspects of the nursing curriculum in the context of Iranian culture. DESIGN: A qualitative methodology involving three focus groups with a purposive sample of 18 nursing students from a large Iranian nursing school, utilising directed semi-structured interviews generated data, which was analysed using the content analysis process. RESULTS: Two main themes emerged from content analysis: (1) "involving students fully in patient care" with subthemes 'building a trusting relationship between education and practice', and 'promoting inter-dependence between health-care providers', and (2) "structuring patient safety education" with subthemes 'transforming nursing routines to evidence-based care', and 'connecting care to patient safety issues'. CONCLUSIONS: The extent of students' involvement in clinical practice and clinical nurses' roles in student education in practice requires clarification. The curriculum needs to incorporate patient safety aspects throughout, and include interdisciplinary education to ensure compliance with patient safety policies. Moreover, successful implementation of such a curriculum necessitates cooperation from nursing practice and instructors to meet nursing students' expectations. PMID:23116928

Vaismoradi, Mojtaba; Bondas, Terese; Jasper, Melanie; Turunen, Hannele



A descriptive study of Bruneian student nurses' perceptions of stress.  


While much has been written about stress in nursing in the 'West', less research has been done on this issue in many 'Eastern' countries. This paper offers the findings of the first study of stress in student nurses in Brunei. The paper describes a study of 20 Brunei nursing students and their views about stress in nursing. A modified grounded theory approach was used in collecting and analysing data (and the 'modifications' are described). Findings were organised around the themes: stressors, moderators and outcomes [Carson, J., and Kuipers, E., 1998. Stress management interventions. In: Hardy, S., Carson, J., Thomas, B. (Eds.), Occupational Stress: Personal and Professional Approaches. Stanley Thornes, Cheltenham. pp. 157-174.]. Students often found their status as students caused them stress in the clinical setting: with other nurses, with doctors and even with patients. Academic related stressors included having to complete assignments and having to study in English. Various ways of moderating stress were reported including talking to 'trusted friends', engaging in sports or simply being quiet. Positive and negative outcomes of stress were identified: stress could lead to mental illness but, also, it could be motivating. This report concludes with a Weberian 'ideal type': a composite word-picture of the findings. PMID:17379361

Burnard, Philip; Haji Abd Rahim, Hajah Thaibah Binti P D P D D P; Hayes, Derek; Edwards, Deborah



Using the generative nursing model to reframe nursing student transition to practice.  


New nurses are leaving hospitals in record numbers after fulfilling their initial employment obligations. Reasons for turnover relate to job dissatisfaction in the form of stressful working conditions, disempowerment, insufficient resources, difficult working relationships, and poor management. The authors discuss an approach for preparing students to manage factors that lead to burnout and new nurse turnover using the Generative Leadership Model as a framework. PMID:23086069

Foster, Kimberlee I; Benavides-Vaello, Sandra; Katz, Janet R; Eide, Phyllis


[Nursing students experiences while caring people with wounds].  


To learn about and understand the feelings experienced by nursing students when making bandages during curricular and extracurricular clinical practice. This is a qualitative study, with a phenomenological framework. The guiding question used was: What did you feel while making the bandage? This study revealed that nursing students feel unprepared for making bandages. Students also reported various difficulties; like touching a stranger and associating theory to practice, for instance. They experienced positive emotions, like pleasure, as well as negative feelings, such as distress, insecurity, fear, and embarrassment. We believe that the teacher-student relationship would be improved if a space is created to discuss these experiences. In fact, such as space would represent one form of support, which students need due to the difficulties they have to deal with in this period of their academic education. PMID:19142387

Salomé, Geraldo Magela; Espósito, Vitória Helena Cunha


Enhancing problem solving and nursing diagnosis in year III Bachelor of Nursing students.  


BACKGROUND: The School of Nursing in which this research was conducted uses a problem based learning approach in clinical nursing courses. Although the skills required for problem solving, and those in nursing care planning, are similar and therefore, support each other in the learning environment, there is limited evidence of the effectiveness of this teaching strategy on problem solving and nursing care planning. AIM: The aim of this study was to implement a change in the clinical nursing course in the third year of the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) programme and determine if this change improved students' problem solving and care planning. METHOD: A nine-step problem solving process to deal with problem scenarios was introduced. We hoped that consistent use of this systematic process would improve students' problem solving and care planning skills in the classroom and the clinical area. In order to determine change in problem solving and care planning skills we compared (a) the previous third year student performance on semester I and II assessments with those of the study participants and (b) results at the end of semester I with end of semester II within the study cohort. Findings from these analyses are presented in this paper. PMID:19056154

Lee, Marilyn B; Brysiewicz, Petra



A developmental education program model for high-risk minority baccalaureate nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to define and describe a Developmental Education Program Model for high-risk minority baccalaureate nursing students based upon perceived needs determined by nursing students and nursing faculty. The research examined differences between Black and Non-Black nursing students in level of importance of concerns and issues related to academic, financial, psycho-social and personal areas of student

Valerie Ann Browne Krimsley



Comparing Clinical Competencies between Nursing Students with Degrees and Traditional Students  

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|Nursing students with second degrees have become the focus of great interest in the last two decades in terms of being an answer to the nursing shortage. They are thought to possess greater ability to critically think and engage in self directed learning behaviours, and possess greater motivation to master clinical skills. The purpose of this…

Williams, P. Renee; Walker, Jean T.; Martin, Tina; Northington, LaDonna; Waltman, Patricia; Beacham, Tracilia; Grant, LaVerne



Comparing clinical competencies between nursing students with degrees and traditional students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Nursing students with second degrees have become the focus of great interest in the last two decades in terms of being an answer to the nursing shortage. They are thought to possess greater ability to critically think and engage in self directed learning behaviours, and possess greater motivation to master clinical skills. The purpose of this study is to compare

P. Renee Williams; Jean T. Walker; Tina Martin; LaDonna Northington; Patricia Waltman; Tracilia Beacham; LaVerne Grant



[Quality in hospital nursing care: the view of undergraduate nursing students].  


Qualitative study developed in a public university of São Paulo State, Brazil, to identify the conception of quality of hospital nursing care under the perspective of last year undergraduate nursing students. Semi-structured interviews with 24 students were performed to collect the data and the speeches were analyzed according to Bardin's conceptual framework. The central ideas of the speeches were divided into six categories: holism, humanization, technically and scientifically trained team, promotion of self-care, appropriate management of the units and respecting the safety principles in care. It is concluded that students' view regarding the theme is wide; however it is necessary to incorporate important issues to the concept of quality of hospital care, such as the valorization of team work, the systematization of care and the satisfaction of all actors involved in nursing care. PMID:21574339

Gabriel, Carmen Silvia; Gabriel, Andrea Boldrini; Bernardes, Andréa; Rocha, Fernanda Ludmilla Rossi; Miasso, Adriana Inocenti



The Lifestyle Behaviours and Exercise Beliefs of Undergraduate Student Nurses: A Descriptive Study  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Purpose: Only limited published research is available exploring the lifestyle practices of student nurses. The purpose of this paper is to explore the lifestyle behaviours and exercise beliefs of Irish student nurses. Design/methodology/approach: A descriptive survey design was used. First-year and third-year undergraduate student nurses (n=182)…

Burke, Eimear; McCarthy, Bernard



The Frequency and Causes of Occupational Injuries Among Nursing Students in Turkey  

Microsoft Academic Search

The aim of this study is to determine the number and causes of occupational incidents that occurred in nursing students. This study was a descriptive, cross-sectional study performed at a military nursing school in Turkey in June 2009 with 218 nursing students as subjects. A data collection form for identifying the characteristics of the students and their exposure to incidents

Vesile Unver; Sevinc Tastan; Halise Coskun



Do Smoking and Health Education Influence Student Nurses' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Professional Behavior?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background. Student nurses are an important target group for smoking prevention. This study analyzes (a) the relation between student nurses' smoking behavior and their knowledge, attitudes, and behavior toward smoking prevention and (b) the effect of targeted health education in improving student nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and preventive behavior.Methods. A controlled trial was performed with school classes as the randomization unit.

Helle Secher Sejr; Merete Osler



26 CFR 31.3306(c)(13)-1 - Services of student nurse or hospital intern.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

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26 CFR 31.3121(b)(13)-1 - Services of student nurse or hospital intern.  

Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

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Attitudes of diploma student nurses toward adult clients.  


This descriptive study was conducted to determine the attitudes of diploma nursing students towards adult clients of different ages in various health situations. The present study has attempted to fill a gap in nursing research using a new approach: "the person perception paradigm." One hundred college students in the last year of their nursing program completed a questionnaire. Students in this study rated eight photos of male clients, ranging in ages from 20 to 90 years, in various health situations. The rating scales were set up with 12 pairs of bipolar adjectives which reflected three dimensions: competence, benevolence, and health. The second part of the questionnaire consisted of seven questions pertaining to the particular respondent. The subject data sheet required the respondents to state their age, sex, current status in the diploma program, previous education, experiences with the elderly, and preference of work upon completion of the diploma nursing program. A multivariate repeated measures analysis of variance indicated that nursing students demonstrated positive attitudes toward the elderly as compared to younger clients for competence, benevolence, and health. In particular, the student nurses rated the 60- and 80-year-old men more positively than younger clients in both success and failure conditions. The magnitude of the differences for the success and failure ratings was much greater for the 20- and 60-year-old men than the magnitude of the ratings for the 40-year-old men or 80-year-old men. The success and failure interaction did not clearly support the expectation of a subtle age bias with the 60- and 80-year-old men.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:2162928

Giardina-Roche, C; Black, M E



Violence against female student nurses in the workplace.  


Violence, harassment, and bullying in the workplace are not new phenomena. However, the growing epidemic of violence in the health sector workplace is raising great concern among workers, employers, and governmental agencies across Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. National and international literature reveals that the prevalence of violence experienced by graduate and undergraduate female nursing students in the college and workplace settings is largely unknown. Moreover, the prevalence of violence is now recognized as a major health priority by the World Health Organization, the International Council of Nurses, and Public Services International. Even so, the number of nursing personnel affected by this problem continues to rise. A modified self-report online survey was used to ascertain the level of violence experienced by nursing students in their clinical placements. One hundred percent of those surveyed had experienced some type of workplace violence and the perpetrators were most often other staff members followed closely by patients. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing Position Statement recommends that all faculty prepare nurses to recognize and prevent all forms of violence in the workplace. This research seeks to develop practical approaches to better understand and prevent this global public health issue. PMID:19187052

Hinchberger, Patricia A


Cultural competency of graduating US Bachelor of Science nursing students.  


Cultural competence in the delivery of nursing care is an expectation of accreditation and approval boards for nursing in the United States. This study evaluated the effectiveness of four different nursing program curricula in developing culturally competent new graduates. Four methodologically and geographically diverse groups of graduating BSN students in the United States were given the Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competency Among Healthcare Professionals-Revised (IAPCC-R prior to graduation and after completion of course work. A variety of curricular methods for achieving cultural competency were included. Two programs utilise a theory or a model developed by recognised transcultural expert nurses, Madeline Leininger and Josepha Campinha-Bacote. One program utilised an integrated approach employing no specific model. One program utilised a free-standing two credit culture course within the curriculum, taught by nursing faculty with strong cultural preparation. Results indicate that these 212 graduating nursing students scored only in the culturally aware range, as measured by the IAPCC-R, regardless of what program model they attended. PMID:18844556

Kardong-Edgren, Suzan; Campinha-Bacote, Josepha



Writing for publication: supporting the neonatal nurse practitioner student.  


Our ultimate goal with this manuscript preparation course is twofold. First, our purpose is to encourage nurses to examine and apply the published evidence available on a selected clinical topic in the hopes that this will be incorporated into a pattern of lifelong learning for the individual. Second, this process encourages students to share their knowledge with other professionals, thereby advancing the scientific knowledge available for nursing practice. These are key components of the advanced practice nursing role and graduate students need mentoring during their education to be successful in the future. Students (and faculty!) find this course challenging but rewarding and the vast majority of students end up with a published manuscript. Although not all students appreciate the challenges, the majority of students are proud of what they have accomplished despite the intense amount of work. Final comments from several students include: I was never more proud of the work you made me accomplish." "I can't believe it is done! How exciting." "Thank you so much for all of your help and guidance. This has been a rewarding experience to see the progression of the manuscript...." "I did find this course to be challenging to say the least!" "I can honestly say that this semester was one of the most challenging, but most rewarding projects that I have done so far in grad school. And yes, I promise never to use secondary sources and give credit to authors in the rest of my work!" PMID:16610480

Trotter, Carol; Rasmussen, N N P Lynn


Faculty ratings of retention strategies for minority nursing students.  


The purpose of this study was to investigate a) the types of retention strategies used by undergraduate nursing programs for the purpose of retaining minority students, b) the rated effectiveness of the strategies, as identified by faculty in those programs, and c) whether there is a relationship between strategies rated as effective and the type of nursing program, baccalaureate (BSN) or associate (AD) degree. Administrator-selected faculty from randomly sampled BSN and AD nursing programs within a 16-state area of the southeastern United States were asked to respond to an online survey regarding the use and effectiveness of retention strategies selected from the literature. Descriptive statistics and chi-square tests for association were used to analyze the data. Of the 14 strategies included in this analysis, faculty availability and timely feedback on tests and clinical performances were used by all undergraduate programs. Organized study groups and peer mentoring were the least used strategies. Faculty from both BSN and AD programs reported using many of the strategies and rated their use as effective overall for minority nursing student retention. The highest rated strategies were those that involved direct interaction of nurse faculty and students. PMID:20882860

Baker, Barbara H


Teachers' understanding of facilitation styles with student nurses.  


The notion of reflective, problem-based and experiential learning has become a significant phenomenon within nurse education. This paper will explore the general philosophies that seem to influence the interactional competences employed by 20 nurse teachers teaching pre-registration student nurses human skills. A qualitative approach was adopted using the in-depth interview for data collection. The intention was to emphasise the four types of teacher that emerged from the data, ranging from type 1, who displayed a striking negative attitude towards interpersonal skills work, to type 4, who was creative and enthusiastic. The major characteristics in the different types will be outlined in this paper. For the purpose of discussion, factors that influence the learning climate will be addressed and the implications for nurse education and study limitations will be considered. PMID:11470106

Gilmartin, J



[Nursing students' point of view on biosecurity and patient safety].  


This study is aimed at identifying the knowledge of nursing students about the subject area of patient safety and its relationship with the teaching of biosecurity. Exploratory qualitative study conducted at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Federal University of Santa Catarina), with 17 students in the third phase of the Undergraduate Nursing Program. Three categories emerged after an exhaustive reading of the responses caring for self and others; biosecurity and care for the environment; biosecurity: health education and continuing education in health services. The following issues were identified, students' concern about risk prevention, care and self care as prerogatives for patient's safety; and education as a proposal for the minimization of risks. The study of biosecurity is considered important in undergraduate studies, minimizing losses and mistakes in the undergraduate students' conduct. PMID:23405803

Cararro, Telma Elisa; Gelbcke, Francine Lima; Sebold, Luciara Fabiane; Kempfer, Silvana Silveira; Zapelini, Maria Christina; Waterkemper, Roberta



Emotional intelligence and its role in recruitment of nursing students.  


This article considers the concept of emotional intelligence and how it can be used in the recruitment and development of nursing students. The links between emotional intelligence and the qualities of compassion and caring are examined. The ethical difficulties surrounding the use of emotional intelligence tests are explored and the value of using a variety of recruitment methods is emphasised. The article suggests that emotional intelligence is an ability which may be developed through nurse education programmes, even if not fully present at interview. The contribution of service users to the recruitment of nursing students is examined, suggesting that they offer some important observations about interviewees. These observations may be more valid than the insights gained from the use of emotional intelligence tests. PMID:23909180

Lyon, Steven Robert; Trotter, Fiona; Holt, Barrie; Powell, Elaine; Roe, Andrew


Nurse Educators' Lived Experiences with Student Incivility  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Incivility is currently a topic of concern in nursing and higher education. There is a serious and growing concern on college campuses across the United States as many forms of incivility are occurring, ranging from offensive language and rude behavior to hostility and violent behavior. The problem this study addresses is the need for specific…

Williamson, Myrna Milwee



Blended learning in ethics education: a survey of nursing students.  


Nurses are experiencing new ethical issues as a result of global developments and changes in health care. With health care becoming increasingly sophisticated, and countries facing challenges of graying population, ethical issues involved in health care are bound to expand in quantity and in depth. Blended learning rather as a combination of multiple delivery media designed to promote meaningful learning. Specifically, this study was focused on two questions: (1) the students' satisfaction and attitudes as members of a scenario-based learning process in a blended learning environment; (2) the relationship between students' satisfaction ratings of nursing ethics course and their attitudes in the blended learning environment. In total, 99 senior undergraduate nursing students currently studying at a public nursing college in Taiwan were invited to participate in this study. A cross-sectional survey design was adopted in this study. The participants were asked to fill out two Likert-scale questionnaire surveys: CAAS (Case Analysis Attitude Scale), and BLSS (Blended Learning Satisfaction Scale). The results showed what students felt about their blended learning experiences - mostly items ranged from 3.27-3.76 (the highest score is 5). Another self-assessment of scenario analysis instrument revealed the mean scores ranged from 2.87-4.19. Nearly 57.8% of the participants rated the course 'extremely helpful' or 'very helpful.' This study showed statistically significant correlations (r=0.43) between students' satisfaction with blended learning and case analysis attitudes. In addition, results testified to a potential of the blended learning model proposed in this study to bridge the gap between students and instructors and the one between students and their peers, which are typical of blended learning, and to create meaningful learning by employing blended pedagogical consideration in the course design. The use of scenario instruction enables students to develop critical analysis and problem solving skills through active learning and social exchange of ideas. PMID:21558117

Hsu, Li-Ling



Nursing students' attitudes toward video games and related new media technologies.  


Little is known about Millennial nursing students' attitudes toward computer games and new media in nursing education and whether these attitudes differ between undergraduates and graduates. This study elicited nursing students' experience with computer games and new media, their attitudes toward various instructional styles and methods, and the role of computer games and new media technologies in nursing education. We e-mailed all nursing students enrolled in two universities to invite their participation in an anonymous cross-sectional online survey. The survey collected demographic data and participants' experience with and attitudes toward video gaming and multi-player online health care simulations. We used descriptive statistics and logistic regression to compare the differences between undergraduates and graduates. Two hundred eighteen nursing students participated. Many of the nursing students support using new media technologies in nursing education. Nurse educators should identify areas suitable for new media integration and further evaluate the effectiveness of these technologies. PMID:21627050

Lynch-Sauer, Judith; Vandenbosch, Terry M; Kron, Frederick; Gjerde, Craig Livingston; Arato, Nora; Sen, Ananda; Fetters, Michael D



The impact of a College of Nursing Retention Program on the graduation rates of nursing students.  


This study was designed to measure the impact of a College of Nursing's (CON) Retention Program on students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree nursing program. Within the last ten years, undergraduate nurses increasingly have utilized the CON retention program. These students traditionally face a number of barriers to their academic endeavors. This study was designed to assess the effect of the CON program on the barriers to academic success of students who entered the CON in the Fall classes of 1991, 1992 and 1993. The sample size was 320 students. The control group consisted of 137 students who received no intervention and the experimental group was comprised of 183 students who attended intervention sessions with the Retention Coordinator in the CON. It was hypothesized that the most successful students during this period (1991-1993) were the most frequent attendees of the CON retention program intervention sessions. The alternative hypothesis was that those persons who did not attend the sessions, but were still highly persistent and successful, were enrollees who had entered with high entrance credentials as demonstrated by the transfer grade point averages (GPA). The results of this study indicated the need, use and value of this systematic approach to retention. PMID:11760294

Tatem, E; Payne, J L


[Inclusive education in nursing: analysis of students' needs].  


Inclusive education is based on assisting all students alike, providing an education aimed at everyone equally in order to identify the particular educational needs of each student. The objectives of the present study were to identify the occurrence of disabilities, explore the learning resources that allow for inclusion; identify the architectural, communication, educational and attitudinal barriers that may affect students' performance; and discuss the students' suggestions of how to promote inclusion. This exploratory, descriptive, cross-sectional study was performed using a quantitative approach. Data collection was performed through interviewing undergraduate nursing students, using a questionnaire containing open- and closed-ended questions. It was found that 66.3% of students have a visual impairment and 1.2% reported having a hearing impairment, but no physical disability was reported. Architectural barriers were the most frequently mentioned by the interviewed students, followed by educational barriers. PMID:23515825

Faro, Ana Cristina Mancussi E; Gusmai, Luana de Fátima



Nursing Students Use of Nonpharmacologic Pain Relief Techniques  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to investigate the level of familiarity and use of music, guided imagery, relaxation, and distraction for pain control among baccalaureate nursing students at a mid-size public university in the Midwestern United States. Many studies have been done investigating the effectiveness of nonpharmacologic pain relief techniques and found positive results. There have been few studies

Lauren R. Brim



Student nurse opinions about the importance of health promotion practices  

Microsoft Academic Search

Senior nursing students (N=505) attending 13 schools in the NY metropolitan area were administered a questionnaire to assess their beliefs about the importance of health promotion behaviors to the average person. Respondents rated 23 health promotion practices on a Likert scale. The five most important items concerned: knowledge of drug contents and their side effects; the elimination of cigarette and

Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin



Bearing Witness to Suffering: The Lived Experience of Nursing Students.  

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The primary theme of narratives of 13 nursing students about caring for suffering patients was bearing witness to suffering. Subthemes included grappling with suffering, struggling with the ineffable, getting through, being with patients, embodying the experience of suffering, and seeing possibilities. (Contains 19 references.) (SK)

Eifried, Sharon



Baccalaureate Nursing Students' Communication Process in the Clinical Setting.  

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Interviews (n=22) and observations (n=14) in clinical settings were coded and analyzed to identify student nurses' problems in communicating with patients and the process of learning solutions. The process involved affirming the self, engaging the patient, experiencing communication breakdown, and refining the repertoire of communication…

Kotecki, Catherine Nuss



Can YouTube enhance student nurse learning?  


The delivery of nurse education has changed radically in the past two decades. Increasingly, nurse educators are using new technology in the classroom to enhance their teaching and learning. One recent technological development to emerge is the user-generated content website YouTube. Originally YouTube was used as a repository for sharing home-made videos, more recently online content is being generated by political parties, businesses and educationalists. We recently delivered a module to undergraduate student nurses in which the teaching and learning were highly populated with YouTube resources. We found that the use of YouTube videos increased student engagement, critical awareness and facilitated deep learning. Furthermore, these videos could be accessed at any time of the day and from a place to suit the student. We acknowledge that there are some constraints to using YouTube for teaching and learning particularly around the issue of unregulated content which is often misleading, inaccurate or biased. However, we strongly urge nurse educators to consider using YouTube for teaching and learning, in and outside the classroom, to a generation of students who are native of a rapidly changing digital world. PMID:21036430

Clifton, Andrew; Mann, Claire



Using Gaming To Help Nursing Students Understand Ethics.  

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|An ethics game involves nursing students in defending actions in ethics-based scenarios. Benefits include increased confidence, ability to see multiple perspectives, values clarification, and exposure to decision-making models, professional responsibilities, ethical principles, social expectations, and legal requirements. Difficulties include…

Metcalf, Barbara L.; Yankou, Dawn



[Prevalence of biological exposure among nursing students: an observational study].  


Blood-transmitted infections such as viral hepatitis B, or human immunodeficiency virus , are a real danger to health workers. Student nurses are also exposed to biological risks during their clinical training. This study was carried out to assess the incidence and nature of such risks in student nurses in Italy, evaluating all the cases of biological exposure in the G. D'Annunzio University Hospital of Chieti from 2002 to 2006. Student nurses were monitored for 6 months after exposure. A total number of 2047 students was observed; 665 first -year (32.49%), 691 second-year (33.76%) and 691 third-year (33.76%). During training a total of 135 (6.6%) instances of biological exposure occurred, average age 24.94 (R.19-45; SD 5.52), 99 females (73.3%). Although there was a lower incidence in third-year students (-27%), most of them occurred in the Medical Department (86 =63.7%). Needle pricks were the primary cause of exposure while the tabs used for measuring blood-sugar levels also represented a high risk. Although risks were lower in last-year students, it is clear that more attention should be paid to prevention , increasing awareness of infection control and monitoring biological exposure throughout the entire training period. PMID:19250618

Cicolini, Giancarlo; Di Labio, Luisa; Lancia, Loreto


Nursing students' response to tobacco cessation curricula in Minnesota baccalaureate nursing programs.  


Ensuring that RNs entering the profession possess the skills necessary to provide evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions to patients can substantially increase the number of smokers who are provided with such treatments. Quantitative descriptive survey data were collected in spring 2007 from two samples: 675 baccalaureate nursing students in their senior coursework and directors of 10 Minnesota baccalaureate nursing programs. Two of 10 programs contained all items of content and these students were significantly more knowledgeable, whereas 8 of the programs did not cover the content adequately and students were less knowledgeable. Minimal clinical application was reported by students in all 10 of the programs. Essential competencies regarding health promotion for tobacco cessation need to be established. Programs need to include all three domains of learning including cognitive, skill acquisition, and attitudes or beliefs. PMID:19650612

Lenz, Brenda K



Student perceptions of the links between nursing and the liberal arts.  


This article examines the extent to which nursing students are aware of the importance of liberal arts in their professional education. Based on a survey of nursing students and alumnae from a small, New York state college, the project further explored the channels through which they became aware of the significant links between these two aspects of their education. One finding is that nursing students give a relatively high weight to the importance of the liberal arts in their total learning process. The more important conclusion is that students, on the whole, believe that they have made the links between liberal arts and nursing themselves. To the extent that other agents help forge these links, the most important seem to be nursing labs and clinicals, other nursing students, and nursing texts and modules. Students perceive that nursing faculty help draw links more often than liberal arts faculty, but neither rank very high. PMID:2557398

Peck, M L; Jennings, S



Effects of Mathematics Acceleration on Middle School Student Achievement  

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|The researcher's purpose in the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an Accelerated Mathematics Program (AMPS) for sixth and seventh grades, using the accelerative practice of curriculum telescoping in a rural school district in North Carolina. The mathematics achievement of students served in the locally developed Accelerated Mathematics…

Boysworth, Sylvia Elaine



Exploring student response systems in nursing education.  


Using software products in the classroom can be an effective component in an overall technology integration plan. Choosing the right software for the subject area and classroom, however, can be a formidable task if undertaken without preplanning. In this article, we describe the developing process experienced professionally and personally with the student response system. The Internet and other new digital technologies have changed the way we respond to information. These changes are making an impact on students' learning styles and preferences. How to address this issue might be found in an endeavor that places the student at the center of the learning process and facilitates a more active experience: the interactive student response system. Imagine classrooms where teachers electronically introduce assignments using receivers and students beam information from pocket-sized remote controls. Imagine students working on group projects exchanging information without pen or paper. PMID:18769181

Zurmehly, Joyce; Leadingham, Camille


Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Adjustment of Accelerated Students, Students in Gifted Classes, and Regular Students in Eighth Grade.  

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|This study found that accelerated students (n=365) and students (n=334) in gifted classes had better perceptions of their social relationships and emotional development and fewer behavior problems than did regular students (n=323). The accelerated eighth graders who entered school early or skipped elementary grades did not report social…

Sayler, Micheal F.; Brookshire, William K.



Beginning students' definitions of nursing: an inductive framework of professional identity.  


Nursing identity is a developmental process that evolves throughout professional nurses' careers. Educational systems that prepare nurses include experiences that are important in the early development of nursing identity. Therefore, faculty in nursing programs are interested in understanding how their students perceive and define professional identity. For this study, a qualitative design was selected to explore students' early beliefs and concepts about nursing. Data were collected on the students' first day of the nursing program using the open-ended question, "What is your definition of nursing?" Using a qualitative descriptive approach, thematic analyses of the data are provided. Results revealed an inductive framework of professional nursing identity based on students' descriptions and definitions of nursing. These results demonstrate that nursing students come to an educational program with more than a rudimentary conception of professional identity. Use of these data may lead to opportunities to improve nursing students' educational experiences and foster the development of professional identity. Faculty can use knowledge of students' definitions of nursing to enrich student learning. PMID:12873061

Cook, Tom H; Gilmer, Mary Jo; Bess, Carolyn J



Information literacy during entry to practice: Information-seeking behaviors in student nurses and recent nurse graduates.  


BACKGROUND: The ability to locate information pertinent to guide clinical practice is important for quality nursing care and patient safety. To date, little is known about the transfer of information literacy skills as student nurses transition to clinical practice as new graduates. This study begins to address this gap from the perspective of student nurses, recent nurse graduates (RNs), nurse leaders and library staff. OBJECTIVES: To describe the information-seeking behaviors of student nurses and RNs within their clinical settings. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: This is a descriptive study that included both cross-sectional surveys and key informant interviews. Participants were senior-level undergraduate students and recently graduated RNs (graduated since 2008), and nurse leaders and library staff employed in one of the clinical sites accepting undergraduate students from the McMaster Mohawk and Conestoga BScN program. The study was completed in two large hospital corporations in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. METHODS: Student nurses and RNs were invited to complete online surveys to assess their access to and use of information sources and resources within clinical practice. Students completed a survey comprised of five open-ended questions, while RNs completed a survey comprised of 13 fixed choice and open-ended questions. Nurse leaders and library staff participated in qualitative interviews to verify the extent and availability of information resources. RESULTS: Eighteen RNs and 62 students completed their respective surveys. Three categories of information sources and resources were identified: electronic, print and interpersonal. Electronic sources of information were the most used resource by both students and RNs. More RNs reported using interpersonal sources, while students reported using more print sources of information. CONCLUSIONS: Recent RN graduates meet the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing performance indicators related to information access for the entry to practice Nursing Informatics competencies. PMID:23664089

Wahoush, Olive; Banfield, Laura



Comparison of second-degree and traditional undergraduate nursing students' sense of belonging during clinical placements.  


Second-degree undergraduate nursing programs are proliferating throughout Canada. Although these shorter programs are attracting students from a variety of disciplines and professions, a sense of belonging and the meaning or implications of belongingness have not been examined for this unique nursing student cohort. A survey design, using the Belongingness Scale-Clinical Placement Experience questionnaire, explores second-degree nursing students' sense of belonging, compared with that of 4-year undergraduate nursing students. Overall, second-degree nursing students experienced a sense of belonging during clinical placements to a lesser degree than their counterparts in a traditional nursing program. Providing second-degree students with opportunities to know and create partnerships with nurse educators and staff while on placements, as well as providing them with feedback presented in positive terms, will help these students flourish and engender a greater sense of belonging. [J Nurs Educ. 2013;52(11):657-661.]. PMID:24127179

Sedgwick, Monique



Who should teach clinical skills to nursing students?  


Nurse education has traditionally relied on clinical placements to provide nursing students with the 'hands-on' experience that is not possible to teach in a classroom setting. However, with changes to the NHS this is becoming increasingly difficult, with fewer resources available and issues of patient safety to consider. Hennman and Cunningham (2005) recognize there is a significant gulf between the theoretical component taught in the classroom and the complex realities of clinical practice. Cave (2005) has suggested the move into higher education has hindered rather than helped the linking of theory and practice in nurse education, because many nurse teachers are far removed from clinical practice and therefore no longer competent or clinically credible to be able to teach up-to-date clinical skills. In Scotland the Practice Education Facilitators role in integrating theory with practice is essential for both the NHS Trusts and higher education institutes. It would appear that these clinicians are the lynchpin between linking university work with the harsh realities of daily practice. If nurse education is to provide effective clinical skill simulation then it must also provide effective teachers who are up to date with current practice. In many cases this will not be the nurse teacher. PMID:19373181

Mackenzie, Katherine M


Trial and Evaluation of Assertion Training Involving Nursing Students  

PubMed Central

Background The concept of assertion and conceptual/practical methods of assertion (assertiveness) training were originally developed in the United States and Europe. These principles were embraced and adapted in Japan in 1970’s. However, only a few studies relating to assertion (assertiveness) have been undertaken thus far in Japan, especially so in the domain of nursing students in comparison with other countries. The purpose of this study was to design and implement assertion training with nursing students and to clarify its effects. Methods The participants were all volunteers, invited from a class of 3rd year nursing students. Ten students (intervention group) participated in the assertion training comprised of five sessions in February 2006. Fifty-six students (control group) were participated only in the questionnaire. Both groups were asked to complete the same questionnaire twice, before and after the assertion training. The questionnaire measured levels of assertiveness, social skills, self-esteem, social support and satisfaction with university life. The results and variances, both before and after assertion training, between the intervention group and the control group were analyzed. The effectiveness of the assertion training was determined by changes in pre and post training questionnaire scores. Results The scores for social skills in the control group had a tendency to decline while the scores for social skills in the intervention group remained constant. Conclusion Although there were no statistically significant results in the intervention group, the present study highlights areas appropriate for further study.

Nishina, Yuko; Tanigaki, Shizuko



Caring for students with type 1 diabetes: school nurses' experiences.  


This qualitative study used a Husserlian phenomenological approach to obtain an understanding of the essences of five experienced Taiwanese school nurses' lived experience of caring for students with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Audio-recorded, semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted. Data analysis entailed a modified method from Colaizzi. Four intertwined themes were discovered: (a) I try to put myself in the parents' and students' shoes, (b) I am not a diabetes expert, (c) managing T1DM requires teamwork, and (d) caring for students with T1DM is a struggle with practical limitations. The findings show that these school nurses encountered many challenges as they implemented their roles and responsibilities in caring for students with T1DM. The findings suggest that increasing school nurses' competence in caring for students with T1DM and developing effective strategies to overcome the challenges faced may be useful. Multidisciplinary teamwork could benefit the diabetes management activities in school settings. PMID:22554899

Wang, Yueh-Ling; Volker, Deborah L



Using guided reflection to reduce test anxiety in nursing students.  


Test anxiety is a phenomenon that can affect as many as 40% of students. Many nursing students are under great stress from long hours of study, a rigorous curriculum, and balancing work and family life. These stressors can lead to anxiety in many areas of the student's life, most notably in situations where he or she is being evaluated. This article will aim to discuss how the use of guided reflection can help the student actualize his or her feelings about test anxiety by using Johns's Model for Structured Reflection. By using cues from the model and structure provided by a guide, the student will partake in a journey to gain insight about oneself and discover ways to decrease test anxiety that can be incorporated into the student's holistic self-care plan. PMID:21262774

Beggs, Caitlin; Shields, Deborah; Janiszewski Goodin, Heather



[Nurse undergraduate students' perception of quality of life].  


The research objective was to know nurse undergraduate students' perception of quality of life. A cross-sectional study was conducted from August 2010 to August 2011 with 56 nursing students of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Brasilia, Brazil. A specific questionnaire was used (sociodemographic, academic and health profile) and the WHOQOL-BREF. Statistical analyzes included a description of frequency, central tendency and dispersion measures, and comparison between domains. The Psychological and Environment domains were assessed as the best and worst scores, respectively. The facets called Thinking, learning, memory and concentration, Sleep and rest Energy and fatigue, Activities of daily living, Work Capacity, Participation in and opportunities for recreation/leisure activities,financial resources and negative feelings were affected. The facets with the worst score influenced negatively the quality of life for students and might trigger negative feelings such as bad mood, desperation anxiety and depression. PMID:24015471

Bampi, Luciana Neves da Silva; Baraldi, Solange; Guilhem, Dirce; Pompeu, Rafaella Bizzo; Campos, Ana Carolina de Oliveira



[Nursing school students' perception of legal and illegal drugs consumption].  


Drugs consumption is as ancient as humanity. It has always existed and is associated with culture, in its historical and social context. The aim of this research is to know and analyze the perception of students from the Nursing School at the University of Guayaquil about legal and illegal drugs consumption. The methodological approach was qualitative, descriptive and exploratory. The sample consisted of eleven first-year students from the Nursing School. Individual and semi structured interviews were used for data collection. Thematic content analysis was adopted, in which five themes were identified: The economic situation, domestic violence, migration of close relatives, influence of the media that surround us, and ignorance about the topic. With a view to enhancing awareness on this hard reality that hurts and prejudices humanity, knowing students' perceptions contributes to identify their needs and create possibilities for health care interventions, particularly health promotion. PMID:21739048

Bermúdez-Herrera, Azucena; Silva, Marta Angélica Iossi; Priotto, Elis Maria Teixeira; Sampaio, Julliane Messias Cordeiro



Assessing Clients’ Sexual Health as a Component of Holistic Nursing PracticeSenior Nursing Students Share Their Experiences  

Microsoft Academic Search

A phenomenological study was conducted to investigate baccalaureate nursing students’ experiences with assessing the sexual health of their clients. The participants were 10 female nursing students. The participants were asked to respond to the statement: Tell me about your experiences with assessing your clients’ sexual health and concerns. Data were analyzed using Van Manen’s criteria for analysis. The common themes

JoEllen Dattilo; M. Kathleen Brewer



A student evaluation workshop with rural nursing preceptors.  


Increasingly, clinicians and faculty members are motivated to provide students quality preceptorship placements in rural areas, particularly in light of the potential for recruitment of new graduates to underserved areas. Invariably, student performance evaluation is an onerous task for many preceptors and one in which they often feel ill-prepared. Rural preceptors may face additional challenges given the lesser availability of educational resources and professional development. In this article, the authors detail the development, pilot testing, and evaluation of a workshop on student evaluation that was created in collaboration with rural nurse preceptors. PMID:22617783

Yonge, Olive; Myrick, Florence; Ferguson, Linda


A collective case study of nursing students with learning disabilities.  


This collective case study described the meaning of being a nursing student with a learning disability and examined how baccalaureate nursing students with learning disabilities experienced various aspects of the nursing program. It also examined how their disabilities and previous educational and personal experiences influenced the meaning that they gave to their educational experiences. Seven nursing students were interviewed, completed a demographic data form, and submitted various artifacts (test scores, evaluation reports, and curriculum-based material) for document analysis. The researcher used Stake's model for collective case study research and analysis (1). Data analysis revealed five themes: 1) struggle, 2) learning how to learn with LD, 3) issues concerning time, 4) social support, and 5) personal stories. Theme clusters and individual variations were identified for each theme. Document analysis revealed that participants had average to above average intellectual functioning with an ability-achievement discrepancy among standardized test scores. Participants noted that direct instruction, structure, consistency, clear directions, organization, and a positive instructor attitude assisted learning. Anxiety, social isolation from peers, and limited time to process and complete work were problems faced by the participants. PMID:14535146

Kolanko, Kathrine M


Oral health education for pediatric nurse practitioner students.  


The aim of this study was to evaluate whether an interdisciplinary, multifaceted oral health education program delivered to pediatric nurse practitioner students at the University of California, San Francisco, would improve their knowledge, confidence, attitudes, and behaviors regarding the provision of oral health assessments, consultations, referrals, and services to young children during well-child visits. Thirty pediatric nurse practitioner students were included in the study. Participants completed a written survey before and after receiving an interdisciplinary educational intervention that included didactic education, simulation exercises, and clinical observation by a pediatric dental resident. Between pre-intervention and post-intervention, a significant improvement was seen in the pediatric nurse practitioners' knowledge of oral health topics (p<0.001), confidence when providing oral health counseling (p<0.001), and attitudes about including oral health counseling in their examinations (p=0.006). In the post-intervention survey, 83 percent of the subjects reported having incorporated oral examinations into their well-child visits. Our study suggests that providing an interdisciplinary oral health educational program for pediatric nurse practitioner students can improve their knowledge, confidence, attitudes, and behaviors regarding the incorporation of oral health care services during routine well-child visits. PMID:23658403

Golinveaux, Jay; Gerbert, Barbara; Cheng, Jing; Duderstadt, Karen; Alkon, Abbey; Mullen, Shirin; Lin, Brent; Miller, Arthur; Zhan, Ling



Final year student nurses' experiences of wound care: an evaluation.  


This article reports on research to explore if pre-registration nursing students felt prepared to manage patients' skin integrity effectively on registration. Final year nursing students completing adult, child and mental health fields were invited to complete questionnaires to investigate the amount of teaching sessions delivered in university in relation to managing skin integrity during their 3-year training programme, discover if pre-registration nursing students received supplementary management of skin integrity teaching in the clinical areas, explore which member of staff in the clinical areas supported the students' learning in the area of skin integrity. Data was collected on 217 final year students (196 females and 21 males) at two higher education institutions in the north of England. The majority of respondents (n = 146; 68%) reported receiving less than 10 hours formal teaching at university on the subject of skin integrity over their 3-year courses. Of those registered on degree courses, 134 students (71%) reported receiving less than 10 hours formal teaching over their 3-year courses, compared with only 12 students (46%) registered on diploma courses. Some 198 (99%) of respondents reported that their clinical teaching was undertaken by registered nurses all or some of the time. Other health professionals were reported to provide substantially less clinical teaching; with the next largest contribution reported to be provided by specialist nurses, who provided all clinical teaching to 36 respondents (19%) and some clinical teaching to 115 respondents (59%). Some 149 respondents (70%) reported that the teaching they received had developed their knowledge and skills to maintain skin integrity for all patients. Respondents claimed that teaching received had developed their knowledge and skills, reporting an average of 16.9 hours spent in directed study; whereas those who did not claim that teaching they had received had developed their knowledge and skills reported an average of 7.6 hours spent in directed study. The results of this study suggest that diplomate nurses are likely to feel more confident and competent than their graduate counterparts, despite spending the same amount of time with mentors and their peers. PMID:23682497

Ousey, Karen; Stephenson, John; Cook, Leanne; Kinsey, Laura; Batt, Sarah



The educational preparation of undergraduate nursing students in pharmacology: perceptions and experiences of lecturers and students  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper explores the perceptions and experiences of lecturers and undergraduate nursing students relating to teaching and learning issues in pharmacology. A total of 14 focus group interviews were conducted at 10 university settings, which involved seven academic staff and seven student interviews. The focus group interviewing method was used because it enabled all participants to have ‘a say’, facilitated

Elizabeth Manias; Shane Bullock



Establishing Student Competency in Qualitative Research: Can Undergraduate Nursing Students Perform Qualitative Data Analysis?  

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To learn the skills of qualitative analysis, 28 nursing students selected research questions, interviewed each other, and conducted data analysis. Students' analyses had 89% agreement with the instructor's on the topic of lab-to-clinic skill transfer, 96% agreement on the influence of experience, and 61% on nervousness during clinical supervision.…

Reising, Deanna L.



Transitioning associate degree in nursing students to the Bachelor of Science in nursing and beyond: a mandate for academic partnerships.  


The Institute of Medicine recommendation for 80% of nurses to achieve a baccalaureate degree in nursing by 2020 becomes a major challenge in Texas with only 37.3% of nurses holding this degree in 2010 (Institute of Medicine, 2011). The challenge requires a 42.7% increase in the percentage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Regionally, nurse educators together with nurse practice partners are seeking solutions to this challenge. One region in west Texas approached this challenge by first developing and launching a needs assessment for current associate degree nurses, nursing students, faculty, and nurse managers. The results of this needs assessment are presented in this article. Following institutional review board approval, three surveys were developed to capture the perceptions of students enrolled in Texas associate degree nursing (ADN) programs and their faculty regarding enrollment in a bachelor of science in nursing program. A similar survey was developed for chief nursing officers in acute care settings in west Texas. Respondents in all categories suggested that time, financial constraints, and perceived difficulty in completing needed prerequisite general education courses were barriers to RNs continuing their education. Because most of the respondents hoped to return to school within 5 years, recruiting ADN graduates who have been out of school 5 years or less seems to be where schools of nursing should invest their recruitment efforts. PMID:22142922

Sportsman, Susan; Allen, Patricia


Teaching Electromagnetism to High-School Students Using Particle Accelerators  

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|In this article we describe two simple experiments using an ion accelerator as an aid to the teaching of electromagnetism to high-school students. This is part of a programme developed by a Brazilian State funding agency (FAPERJ) which aims to help scientifically minded students take their first steps in research.|

Sinflorio, D. A.; Fonseca, P.; Coelho, L. F. S.; Santos, A. C. F.



Student Attitudes toward Accelerated Reader: "Thanks for Asking!"  

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|The Accelerated Reader program was designed by Renaissance Learning to increase students' motivation to read and students' achievement in reading; however, a review of the literature reveals inconsistent findings about its outcomes. The Renaissance Learning company reports several research studies on their website that suggest the program is…

Smith, Amy; Westberg, Karen



Packing a Bag for the Journey Ahead: Preparing Nursing Students for Success  

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|Never has it been more important to nurture and support students pursuing a nursing education. Nursing shortage in the U.S. is a well-documented problem that is worsened by demographic factors such as the aging nursing workforce, the aging of the general population, and a declining number of young people in the workforce. The nursing profession…

Worrell, Mary Mullaly



Factors Influencing Career Decisions: Perspectives of Nursing Students in Three Types of Programs.  

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North Carolina nursing students (99 baccalaureate, 309 associate degree, and 87 diploma) were surveyed. They were motivated to pursue nursing by past experiences with illness, past health-care work experiences, or family member/friend who was a nurse. Career decisions were also influenced by characteristics of nursing. There were no differences by…

Larsen, Pamala D.; McGill, Joan S.; Palmer, Stephanie J.



Predictors of Success on the NCLEX-RN among Baccalaureate Nursing Students.  

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|A study of 81 bachelor of science in nursing students found a strong correlation between performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)and achievement on standardized National League for Nursing Achievement Tests. There was a significant relationship between NCLEX scores and grades in nursing courses.…

Barkley, Thomas W., Jr.; Dufour, Charles A.; Rhodes, Rosemary S.



Evidence-based instructional strategies: facilitating linguistically diverse nursing student learning.  


As the diversity of US citizens continues to increase, it is incumbent on the profession of nursing to provide adequate numbers of linguistically diverse nursing graduates to meet healthcare demands. Information in the nursing and educational literature provides evidence for instructional strategies that educators can use to develop teaching practices so they are better prepared to teach linguistically diverse nursing students. PMID:23608914

Fuller, Bonnie


Survey of Alcohol and Other Drug Use Attitudes and Behaviors in Nursing Students  

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|Statewide nursing student alcohol and other drug (AOD) use attitudes and behaviors were assessed. Response was 929/2017 (46%) (practical nursing [n = 173/301] 57.3%; diploma and associate degree in nursing [n = 282/417] 67.6%; bachelor of science in nursing [n = 474/1299] 36.5%). Nearly 44% reported inadequate substance abuse education. Past-year…

Baldwin, Jeffrey N.; Bartek, Jean K.; Scott, David M.; Davis-Hall, R. Ellen; DeSimone, Edward M., II



Educational Implications of Nurse Practitioner Students and Medical Residents' Attitudes toward Managed Care.  

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|Attitudes toward managed care of 431 medical residents and 153 advanced practice nursing students were compared. Medical students were more likely to agree that managed care emphasizes cost over quality and threatens autonomy. Nursing students were more likely to agree that it encourages preventive care. Medical students were less enthusiastic…

Breer, M. Lynn; Pohl, Joanne M.; Stommel, Manfred; Barkauskas, Violet H.; Schillo, Barbara; Oakley, Deborah



The experience of nursing students in an online doctoral program in nursing: a phenomenological study.  


The increased sophistication of technology has led to greater use of distance learning, providing graduate nursing students with increased access to such programs, while more easily maintaining employment. Little information is available regarding the experience for those students enrolled on these programs. This information would be of value to both those who are considering online courses, and to those who are charged with developing and teaching these courses. A phenomenological approach was used in order to examine the experience of five students enrolled in an online doctoral program in nursing in the United States. Verbatim transcripts were analyzed for themes from which three main ones emerged as the essence of the experience: considering the fit, liking the fit, and making it fit. Recommendations are provided for future research pertaining to distance education, particularly in the form of graduate outcomes. PMID:16326165

Halter, Margaret Jordan; Kleiner, Catherine; Hess, Rosanna Formanek



Nursing Faculty Roles in Teaching Racially and Ethnically Diverse Nursing Students in a Registered Nurse Program  

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|Racial and ethnic health care disparities continue to plague the United States, placing a tremendous personal and societal burden on individuals. A culturally diverse nursing work force can help eliminate these disparities and improve the quality of health care that is delivered. However, the nursing profession does not reflect the nation's…

Beard, Kenya V.



Critical thinking of nursing students, graduate nurses and expert nurses in simulated clinical situations  

Microsoft Academic Search

Critical thinking is a thought process used by nurses for clinical decision making. This descriptive correlational study focused on the relationships among critical thinking, decision making and clinical nursing expertise during a clinical simulation. A mid-range theory was developed from the work of Benner (1984) and Paul (1992). As persons develop clinical expertise from novice to expert level, through acquisition

Cheryl Marie Martin



Multiple Criteria Development For the Selection of Community College Nursing Program Students.  

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Pre-selection criteria were developed to obtain a profile of student nurses who would compute a community college nursing program, and student nurses who would leave the program prior to completion. The battery consisted of tests and questionnaires based upon cognitive, personality/attitude, vocational preference, and socioeconomic status domains.…

Lamoureux, Marvin E.; Johannsen, Craig


The Lived Experience of Nursing Students Who Study Abroad: A Qualitative Inquiry  

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|Nurse Researchers need to explore study abroad programs and identify their impact on the development of cultural competence and global perspectives in nursing students. The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of nursing students who study abroad and to identify benefits and impediments that may be used to spawn future…

Edmonds, Michelle Lynn



A comparison of an international experience for nursing students in developed and developing countries  

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Theoretical perspectives and approaches to transcultural nursing have been developed and there are different options for teaching transcultural care. The opportunity for nursing students to gain healthcare experience in another country is one option. This article reports a study undertaken in Northern Ireland to evaluate outcomes of a 3-month international experience for undergraduate nursing students (n=74) and to assess differences

Kate Thompson; Jennifer Boore; Pat Deeny



Factors associated with career decision in Taiwanese nursing students: A questionnaire survey  

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The vocational decisions of nursing students have always been a concern for nursing educators and administrators. It is unclear, however, what factors play a role in determining the professional choices made by these students. Limited research into this area has been undertaken in Taiwan. This study, therefore, was designed to investigate the factors associated with career choices in Taiwan's nursing

Hui-Ling Lai; Tai-Chu Peng; Fwu-Mei Chang



International Nursing Student Exchange: Rural and Remote Clinical Experiences in Australia  

Microsoft Academic Search

A rural and remote international clinical exchange permits the senior nursing student to experience another culture and to develop a feel for daily life and nursing practice abroad. In a student exchange between Australia and Canada, similarities exist with regard to life and work for nurses who live in these developed countries. Similarities extend to a growing population base of

Arlene Kent-Wilkinson; Linda Starr; Sandra Dumanski; Jennifer Fleck; Annette LeFebvre; Amanda Child



Perceptions of nursing undergraduate students concerning the human dimension in the learning process  

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This study aimed to identify and interpret the perceptions presented by undergraduate students of a Nursing course after internship in Mental Health. Twelve nursing undergraduate students at the Nursing School of ABC Foundation - Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil were interviewed. These interviews using a semi-structure script were performed and recorded in August 2004. Through Content Analysis, thematic modality, four

Simone de Oliveira Camillo; Ana Lúcia da Silva; Alan Jefferson do Nascimento




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Changes in nursing students’ perceptions of and preferences for working with the elderly population after completion of a bachelor's program in nursing science were examined. Students (N = 45) officially entered the nursing program in the first semester of their junior year. The curriculum involved a wide range of clinical experiences and geriatric information. In a pre?\\/ post?test design, the

Ronald H. Aday; Mary J. Campbell



Multiple Criteria Development For the Selection of Community College Nursing Program Students.  

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|Pre-selection criteria were developed to obtain a profile of student nurses who would compute a community college nursing program, and student nurses who would leave the program prior to completion. The battery consisted of tests and questionnaires based upon cognitive, personality/attitude, vocational preference, and socioeconomic status…

Lamoureux, Marvin E.; Johannsen, Craig


Student Outcomes of the Healing Web: Evaluation of a Transformative Model for Nursing Education.  

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The Healing Web model of nursing education was used with 95 nursing students. Compared to 322 in the traditional program, Healing Web students scored higher in caring abilities, leadership, and assertiveness. They identified collaboration and awareness of different nursing roles as benefits of the experience. (SK)

Nelson, Margot L.; Howell, Jacquelyn K.; Larson, June C.; Karpiuk, Kathryn L.



Learning on clinical placement:the experience of six Australian student nurses  

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Concerns about the adequacy of clinical education in nursing courses in Australia have escalatedsince the transfer of pre-registration nursing education into the tertiary sector. This descriptive, interpretative study, informed by the tradition of critical social science, sought to understand the clinical learning experiences of undergraduate nursing students. At the same time, it fostered an active participation of students in their

Carol A. Nolan



Predictors of first semester attrition and their relation to retention of generic associate degree nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

In community college nursing programs the high rate of attrition was a major concern to faculty and administrators. Since first semester attrition could lead to permanent loss of students and low retention in nursing programs, it was important to identify at-risk students early and develop proactive approaches to assist them to be successful. The goal of nursing programs was to

Donna Katherine Jackson



Jordanian nursing students' knowledge of, attitudes towards, and compliance with infection control precautions.  


Nursing students' noncompliance with infection control precautions has its effects not only on patients, but also on nursing students themselves. Little is known about the actual status of infection control knowledge and compliance among Jordanian nursing students. This correlational descriptive study used a cross-sectional survey design to explore Jordanian nursing students' knowledge of, attitudes toward, and compliance with infection control precautions. The target population was all nursing students at the faculty of nursing-University of Jordan. Participants were found to have inadequate knowledge about infection control precautions (M=49.64%), positive attitudes (M=89.8%), and moderate compliance (M=75.91%). Participants' attitudes toward infection control precautions was the only variable that predicts (B=.410, p=0.000) and correlates (r=.51, p<0.01) with their compliance score. Special courses for infection control precautions within nursing schools in Jordan are recommended with special focus on students' attitudes. PMID:22789874

Darawad, Muhammad W; Al-Hussami, Mahmoud



Iranian undergraduate nursing student perceptions of informal learning: A qualitative research  

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Background: Nursing education is both formal and informal. Formal education represents only a small part of all the learning involved; and many students learn more effectively through informal processes. There is little information about nursing student informal education and how it affects their character and practice. Materials and Methods: This qualitative study explores undergraduate nursing student perceptions of informal learning during nursing studies. Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews with a sample of undergraduate nursing students (n = 14). Strauss and Corbin’s constant comparison analysis approach was used for data analysis. Results: The categories that emerged included personal maturity and emotional development, social development, closeness to God, alterations in value systems, and ethical and professional commitment. Conclusion: Findings reveal that nursing education could take advantage of informal learning opportunities to develop students’ nontechnical skills and produce more competent students. Implications for nursing education are discussed.

Seylani, Khatereh; Negarandeh, Reza; Mohammadi, Easa



Nursing educators' perspectives of students with disabilities: a grounded theory study.  


The purpose of this grounded theory study was to increase understanding of nursing educators' perspectives of students with disabilities. Seventeen educators from four nursing education programs in western Canada participated. The theory emerging from this data was "producing competent graduates". The central category was supporting students to become competent graduates. This paper focuses on the nursing educators' perspectives of students with disabilities, which influenced their efforts to support students with disabilities on that path. PMID:23537939

Ashcroft, Terri Jo; Lutfiyya, Zana Marie



Ethical problems in practice as experienced by Malawian student nurses.  


Student nurses are confronted by many ethical challenges in clinical practice. The aim of the study was to explore Malawian students' experiences of ethical problems during their clinical placement. A phenomenological hermeneutic design comprising interviews and qualitative content analysis was used. Ten students were interviewed. Three main themes emerged: 1) Conflict between patient rights and the guardians' presence in the hospital; 2) Conflict between violation of professional values and patient rights caused by unethical behaviour; and 3) Conflict between moral awareness and the ideal course of action. The students had difficulties ensuring patient rights and acting in accordance with western norms and values which are not always appropriate in the Malawian context. The students require role models who demonstrate professional attitudes towards patients' rights and values. There is a need to create pedagogical strategies in which a caring attitude and ethical reflection can be learned and cultivated in clinical practice. PMID:22140182

Solum, Eva Merethe; Maluwa, Veronica Mary; Severinsson, Elisabeth



Exploring factors affecting attrition of male students from an undergraduate nursing course: a qualitative study.  


This article reports the findings of a qualitative study that investigated the factors influencing both the academic and clinical practice performance of undergraduate male nursing students at a regional Australian university. The impetus for the study evolved from the recognition that, despite increasing numbers of males choosing to undertake nursing as a career, attrition by males from nursing courses continues to be problematic. In a profession that is hallmarked by critical staff shortages, it was viewed as important to investigate reasons contributing to the attrition of male nursing students enrolled in undergraduate nursing courses. The informants for the research were eight male nursing students enrolled internally in the Bachelor of Nursing course at a regional university in Australia. Data were collected using in-depth interviews and written narratives in the form of a diary. Data were analysed using thematic analysis, the findings revealing that male nursing students face particular challenges from an academic and clinical practice perspective during their university experience. For example, themes identified from interviews and narratives highlighted the fact that there is a tendency for male nursing students to feel isolated and excluded from an academic and clinical perspective. As well as this, the informants in this study clearly highlighted their preference for engaging in the technical aspects of nursing. The implications for nurse educators are emphasized and from this, educational strategies are suggested to facilitate the retention of male nursing students in undergraduate nursing courses. PMID:16887238

Stott, Amanda



Redesigning nursing tutorials for ESL students: a pilot study.  


Increased enrolments of Bachelor of Nursing (BN) students who speak English as a second language (ESL) can help create a multilingual and culturally diverse workforce that is better prepared to meet the needs of increasingly diverse health populations. However, although ESL enrolments are increasing, attrition rates for ESL students tend to be higher than those of native speakers of English, partly due to academic failure. At the same time, concerns have been expressed in some quarters about the low levels of English language of entering students. As it is unlikely that language entry levels to university will be raised, sustainable programmes that help ESL students better meet the academic challenges they may face need to be developed. So far, models of ESL support have been mostly an adjunct to their degree, voluntary and not well attended. This paper discusses a model using tutorials integrated into the first year nursing curriculum that were specifically designed for ESL students with low levels of English language proficiency. The paper also examines students' perceptions of such tutorials, which they found beneficial to their learning. PMID:23721384

San Miguel, Caroline; Townsend, Lisa; Waters, Cheryl



Redesigning nursing tutorials for ESL students: a pilot study.  


Abstract Increased enrolments of Bachelor of Nursing (BN) students who speak English as a second language (ESL) can help create a multilingual and culturally diverse workforce that is better prepared to meet the needs of increasingly diverse health populations. However, although ESL enrolments are increasing, attrition rates for ESL students tend to be higher than those of native speakers of English, partly due to academic failure. At the same time, concerns have been expressed in some quarters about the low levels of English language of entering students. As it is unlikely that language entry levels to university will be raised, sustainable programmes that help ESL students better meet the academic challenges they may face need to be developed. So far, models of ESL support have been mostly an adjunct to their degree, voluntary and not well attended. This paper discusses a model using tutorials integrated into the first year nursing curriculum that were specifically designed for ESL students with low levels of English language proficiency. The paper also examines students' perceptions of such tutorials, which they found beneficial to their learning. PMID:23438581

San Miguel, Caroline; Townsend, Lisa; Waters, Cheryl



The impact of a palliative care educational component on attitudes toward care of the dying in undergraduate nursing students  

Microsoft Academic Search

Nurse educators have identified that historically nurses have not been prepared to care for dying patients. Research also has identified that nursing students have anxieties about death, dying, and caring for dying patients. Several factors have been identified as affecting nurses’ and nursing students’ attitudes toward care of the dying. Factors addressed in this research were current and previous death

Judy L Mallory



Baccalaureate nursing students' perceptions of children's community-based case management: A photographic project  

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Twenty-four baccalaureate nursing students described their perceptions of learning about children's community-based case management with photographs and text. Instructors categorized students' photographs, developed themes, and validated the themes with senior students.

Carlee Lehna; Michele Tholcken



Supporting Student Nurses Learning in and through Clinical Practice: The Role of the Clinical Guide.  

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|A clinical guide is an experienced nurse who supports nursing students throughout the program, particularly in clinical placements. More than a mentor, a guide is fully involved in promoting deep learning in clinical settings. (SK)|

Andrews, Margaret; Roberts, Debbie



Innovative approach to teaching communication skills to nursing students.  


This study assessed the effectiveness of a learner-centered simulation intervention designed to improve the communication skills of preprofessional sophomore nursing students. An innovative teaching strategy in which communication skills are taught to nursing students by using trained actors who served as standardized family members in a clinical learning laboratory setting was evaluated using a two-group posttest design. In addition to current standard education, the intervention group received a formal training session presenting a framework for communication and a 60-minute practice session with the standardized family members. Four domains of communication-introduction, gathering of information, imparting information, and clarifying goals and expectations-were evaluated in the control and intervention groups in individual testing sessions with a standardized family member. The intervention group performed better than the control group in all four tested domains related to communication skills, and the difference was statistically significant in the domain of gathering information (p = 0.0257). PMID:19810670

Zavertnik, Jean Ellen; Huff, Tanya A; Munro, Cindy L



Teaching nursing assistant students about aphasia and communication.  


Research indicates that communication between patients with communication disorders and their health care providers may be compromised, which leads to adverse outcomes and reduced participation in patients' own health care. Emerging studies demonstrate that effective communication education programs may decrease communication difficulties. This feasibility study of an education program that includes people with aphasia as educators aims to improve nursing assistant students' knowledge of aphasia and awareness of supported communication strategies while also examining the experiences of participants with aphasia. This preliminary study suggests that explicit aphasia and communication training delivered in this format has positive learning outcomes for nursing assistant students and potential psychosocial benefits to participants with aphasia. The format can be modified for a variety of health care audiences and lends itself to implementation by community aphasia groups and centers. PMID:21968560

Welsh, Jessica Dionne; Szabo, Gretchen Beideman



A learning model for nursing students during clinical studies  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper presents a research project where the aim was to develop a new model for learning support in nursing education that makes it possible for the student to encounter both the theoretical caring science structure and the patient’s lived experiences in his\\/her learning process.A reflective group supervision model was developed and tested. The supervision was lead by a teacher

Margaretha Ekebergh



Introducing quality improvement to pre-qualification nursing students: evaluation of an experiential programme  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objective—To evaluate a programme introducing quality improvement (QI) in nursing education.Settings—Betanien College of Nursing and clinical practices at hospitals in Bergen.Subjects—52 nursing students from a second year class working in 16 groups undertaking hospital based practical studies.Intervention—Second year nursing students were assigned to follow a patient during a day's work and to record the processes of care from the patient's

J M Kyrkjebø; T A Hanssen; B Ø Haugland



Unlocking reflective practice for nurses: innovations in working with master of nursing students in Hong Kong.  


Being reflective is well established as an important conduit of practice development, a desirable tertiary graduate quality and a core competency of health professional membership. By assisting students to be more effective in their ability to reflect, they are better able to formulate strategies to manage issues experienced within a professional context, which ultimately assists them to be better service providers. However, some students are challenged by the practice of reflection and these challenges are even more notable for international students. This paper presents a teaching initiative that focused specifically on enhancing the capacity of an international cohort of nursing students, to engage in reflective practice. The initiative centered on an evaluation of a reflective practice core subject, which was taught in a Master of Nursing programme delivered in Hong Kong. A learning-centered framework was used to evaluate the subject and identify innovative strategies that would better assist international students to develop reflective practices. The outcomes of curriculum and teaching analysis and proposed changes and innovations in teaching practice to support international students are presented and discussed. PMID:23232086

Joyce-McCoach, Joanne T; Parrish, Dominique R; Andersen, Patrea R; Wall, Natalie



Program evaluation in graduate nursing education: hardiness as a predictor of success among nursing administration students.  


In an effort to develop meaningful program evaluation data, this exploratory study examined hardiness and stress among a select group of graduate nursing administration students at The University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, TX. Students completed a questionnaire, which included the Hardiness Scale and Perceived Stress Scale, at both beginning and end of their program. Six to 12 months after graduation, each participant completed a telephone survey with items related to hardiness and American Association of Colleges of Nursing and American Organization of Nurse Executives core competencies. Mean scores for both hardiness and stress did improve from beginning to end of program; however, alpha coefficient reliabilities were disappointing, so no further quantitative analyses were completed. Most enlightening were the telephone interviews, which revealed that graduates were engaged in behaviors indicative of high hardiness. Use of hardiness as a guiding construct may prove useful to nursing administration program faculty in developing and refining a quality program; use of both quantitative and qualitative methods are recommended for obtaining meaningful program evaluation data. PMID:16179244

Judkins, Sharon; Arris, Latonia; Keener, Elizabeth


Student Nurses' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Self-Efficacy of Children's Pain Management: Evaluation of an Education Program in Taiwan  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a pediatric pain education program (PPEP) for student nurses. The sample consisted of 181 licensed student nurses who were enrolled in a nursing school in Taiwan. Student nurses attended a 4-hour PPEP that involved case scenario discussion, video, and lecture. Data were collected by an extensive questionnaire that assessed

Li-Chi Chiang; Hsiu-Jung Chen; Lichi Huang



From the school of nursing quality and safety officer: nursing students' use of safety reporting tools and their perception of safety issues in clinical settings.  


Improved patient safety and quality are priority goals for nurses and schools of nursing. This article describes the innovative new role of quality and safety officer (QSO) developed by one university in response to the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses challenge to increase quality and safety education for prelicensure nursing students. The article also describes the results of a study conducted by the QSO, obtaining information from prelicensure nursing students about the use of safety tools and identifying the students' perceptions of safety issues, communication, and safety reporting in the clinical setting. Responses of 145 prelicensure nursing students suggest that it is difficult to get all errors and near-miss events reported. Barriers for nursing students are similar to the barriers nurses and physicians identify in reporting errors and near-miss events. The survey reveals that safety for the patient is the primary concern of the student nurse. PMID:23566457

Cooper, Elizabeth


AIDS-related apprehensions among nursing students of Delhi.  


Students from a nursing school of Delhi were surveyed anonymously using a self-administered questionnaire to explore various AIDS-related apprehensions and their possible reasons. The observations revealed that, majority of the students and their families/friends feared that these students were at risk of contracting HIV infection while providing routine patient care. A large number of students also opined that they would feel uncomfortable while talking, hugging, shaking hands, and sharing a room with an HIV positive person. The main reasons for their apprehensions were unsatisfactory anti-AIDS campaigning by the government, non-availability of sufficient protective measures in the health care settings, inadequate professional education related to prevention of HIV infection, and increase in HIV transmission following false sense of security due to excessive condom promotion. Findings of the study imply imparting factual knowledge addressing the concerns and removing misconceptions which influence attitudes and willingness of the nursing students to provide care to the HIV positives/AIDS patients, facts regarding efficacy of various preventive measures, and provision of counselling services in the event of exposure. PMID:10937297

Kumar, A; Lal, P; Ingle, G K; Gulati, N



[Knowledge, attitude, and behaviors related to sex among teenage girls: a comparison between nursing and non-nursing college students].  


The purpose of this descriptive, comparative study was to explore differences in sex knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors between teenage girls enrolled at a nursing school and those enrolled at a non-nursing school. A total of 792 students were recruited from one nursing school and one non-nursing school. Compared to non-nursing students, nursing students were more knowledgeable on sex-related issues, held more conservative attitudes toward sex, and had less sexual experience. We found also that the closer an intimate relationship was, the more liberal the sexual activities tended to be. Participants were prone to accept premarital sex, and cared less about the virginity of future spouses. Most perceived having a child before marriage unacceptable. About 23% (n = 179) of participants had intercourse experience, while only 30% of girls surveyed had used contraception every time they had sexual intercourse. Eleven students reported being pregnant, but none chose to take their pregnancy to term. The findings of this study show that nursing education may have a positive influence on teenage girl's sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors with regard to practicing safer sex. This study also suggests that a comprehensive sex-related curriculum, introducing safer sex practices and the health consequences of unprotected sex, should be reinforced in both non-nursing and nursing schools. PMID:19319804

Tseng, Ying-Hua; Feng, Jui-Ying; Tesng, Li-Shu



Home environmental hazard education for undergraduate and prelicensure nursing students.  


This paper presents a Healthy Homes education module for undergraduate and prelicensure nursing students. The education module, which is based on the National Center for Healthy Housing's framework for Healthy Homes, was developed, implemented, and evaluated in three phases. Phase 1 included nine Web-based recorded lectures on the Healthy Homes principles and on home assessment and referral. In the next phase, a Healthy Homes clinical laboratory simulation (home visit scenario and four rooms of an apartment) was created. Phase 3 involved piloting home visits by students who, under the supervision of a clinical instructor, conducted Healthy Homes assessments of clients living in two low-income subsidized housing sites. Using a pretest-posttest format, students' knowledge of Healthy Homes concepts significantly increased after completing the Phase 1 Web-based lectures. Student evaluations, which were collected after each phase, were consistently positive. PMID:22909044

Polivka, Barbara J; Chaudry, Rosemary Valedes; Mac Crawford, J



Perceptions of Nursing Students from Two Northern Latitudes: Comparing Cultural Patterns and Norms  

Microsoft Academic Search

Cultural norms were compared in students from two northern latitudes. Previous studies had identified similarities in the norms and beliefs of Icelanders and their decendents living in Canada and northern United States. Thirty-eight Icelandic nursing students and 49 nursing students from southeastern Minnesota responded to questionnaires eliciting demographics and amount of stress in everyday life and to Miller's Battery of

Carol E. Smith



The Effects of Simulation on Nursing Students' Critical Thinking Scores: A Quantitative Study  

Microsoft Academic Search

Simulation has become the innovative method of incorporating clinical and theoretical knowledge and experiences for nursing students. It is essential for educators to offer strategies that develop students' critical- thinking abilities. This experiment used the Health Sciences Reasoning Test to determine if critical-thinking scores improved in the associate degree in nursing student after exposure to multiple clinical simulation scenarios (Facione

Joann Sullivan-Mann; Carrie A. Perron; Angela N. Fellner



Authenticity in Learning--Nursing Students' Experiences at a Clinical Education Ward  

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|Purpose: This study aims to explore and understand first year nursing students' experiences of learning at a clinical education ward. Design/methodology/approach: The setting is a clinical education ward for nursing students at a department of infectious diseases. A qualitative study was carried out exploring students' encounters with patients,…

Manninen, Katri; Henriksson, Elisabet Welin; Scheja, Max; Silen, Charlotte



The Impact of an International Cultural Experience on Previously Held Stereotypes by American Student Nurses.  

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Examined stereotypes held by U.S. student nurses before and after participating in an educational experience in Russia. The experience was intended to prepare them to be effective nurses in multicultural health care settings. Data from student interviews indicated that the experience changed students' stereotyped attitudes about Russian culture…

Heuer, Loretta; Bengiamin, Marlene; Downey, Vicki Wessman



Survey of critical thinking and clinical decision making in nursing student of Kerman University  

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Context: The ability to think critically is an essential element in nursing education and more specifically in nurses’ clinical decision making (CDM). Aims: Critical thinking (CT) and CDM ability as well as their relationship were examined among nursing students of Kerman University. Settings and Design: Study was designed in four towns: Kerman, Bam, Jiroft, and Zarand, settled in Kerman province. Materials and Methods: This research was a cross-sectional descriptive correlation study. 300 nursing students with different level of education were asked to fill two questionnaires including: (1) California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) and (2) Lauri and Salantera (2002) CDM instrument. Statistical Analysis Used: Data were analyzed with SPSS12 and descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: Nursing students yielded a low score (mean = 5/40 from 20) of CT and a mild score (mean = 12.8 from 20) of CDM. We found positively correlation between male and CT and CDM score with mean score of the nursing student. Also CDM score in male was more than female but not significant, and Jirofts CDM nursing student was significantly better than other city. Conclusions: Although students that answers evaluation question in CCTST better can gave better CDM score but there isn’t relationship between CT and CDM of nursing student. The finding showed that mean score of nursing student CT was low. Reason can be either due to the defects of nursing education program, teaching, and learning strategies.

Noohi, Esmat; Karimi-Noghondar, Maryam; Haghdoost, Aliakbar



The impact of a virtual community on student engagement and academic performance among baccalaureate nursing students.  


The purpose of this article is to present findings from a study which evaluated the effectiveness of a virtual community (an emerging pedagogical application) on student engagement and academic performance. Virtual communities mirror real-life through unfolding patient histories and relationship development over time. Students also become more engaged in learning by creating personally meaningful knowledge of a concept (Rogers & Stone, 2007). Virtual communities offer one teaching strategy to assist students in learning complex, health-related content in a contextualized manner. This quasi-experimental study involved first-semester baccalaureate nursing students enrolled in a course at two campuses of a nursing program at a large university in the Southwest. Three key strategies assessed the impact of the virtual community on student engagement and learning: third-party observational measurement, end-of-class student/faculty surveys, and use of knowledge items in student exams for the class. Significant differences between the control and experimental group were found regarding learning engagement and communication exchanges; the groups appeared similar in ratings of quality of instruction and academic performance. Use of virtual communities can help nursing educators address the recent Carnegie Foundation study's (Benner, Sutphen, Leonard & Day, 2010) counsel to implement "pedagogies of contextualization" in which theoretical and factual information about diseases and conditions are placed in the context of a patient's experience. PMID:23006650

Giddens, Jean; Hrabe, David; Carlson-Sabelli, Linnea; Fogg, Louis; North, Sarah


Valuing of altruism and honesty in nursing students: a two-decade replication study  

Microsoft Academic Search

Title. Valuing of altruism and honesty in nursing students: a two-decade replication study Aim. This paper reports a study investigating changes in the self-reported values of nursing students over the period 1983-2005 in the light of changes in student demography. Background. Nurses' values have been studied by both qualitative and survey methods over half a century. Generally idealism and altruism

Martin Johnson; Carol Haigh; Natalie Yates-Bolton



The lifestyle behaviours and exercise beliefs of undergraduate student nurses : A descriptive study  

Microsoft Academic Search

Purpose – Only limited published research is available exploring the lifestyle practices of student nurses. The purpose of this paper is to explore the lifestyle behaviours and exercise beliefs of Irish student nurses. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – A descriptive survey design was used. First-year and third-year undergraduate student nurses (n=182) studying at one Irish university participated. Data were collected by administering self-report

Eimear Burke; Bernard McCarthy



Clinical education experiences: perceptions of student registered nurse anesthetists.  


The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences and attitudes of student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs) related to clinical instruction. This descriptive study used a cross-sectional survey method with a regionally stratified randomly selected sample of SRNA members from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists data bank. A total of 2,673 SRNAs were invited by email to respond to an online, 54-item questionnaire; 696 SRNAs participated. Verbal abuse was reported by almost 70% of SRNA participants, but fewer experienced sexual harassment (13%), physical abuse (14%), or racial discrimination (72%). However, SRNAs reported that their Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) preceptors most often served as positive role models. These SRNAs found CRNA preceptors, unique cases, reading, and clinical lectures more helpful to their clinical learning compared with grand rounds, surgeons, and anesthesiology residents. The SRNAs' perceptions of the ideal behavioral characteristics for CRNA preceptors included calmness during stressful events, use of nonthreatening communication, clear communication, and encouraging independent decision making. The educational process for nurse anesthetists is continually evolving and improving. Study findings offer insights that may assist in improvements in the clinical component of SRNA education. PMID:22403965

Elisha, Sass; Rutledge, Dana N



Does mindfulness decrease stress and foster empathy among nursing students?  


This pilot study of baccalaureate nursing students explored the effects of an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course on stress and empathy. The course was intended to provide students with tools to cope with personal and professional stress and to foster empathy through intrapersonal knowing. A convenience sample of 16 students participated in the course, used guided meditation audiotapes at home, and completed journal assignments. Stress and empathy were measured using paired sample t tests. Participation in the intervention significantly reduced students' anxiety (p > .05). Favorable trends were observed in a number of stress dimensions including attitude, time pressure, and total stress. Two dimensions of empathy--personal distress and fantasy--also demonstrated favorable downward trends. Regular home meditation was correlated with additional benefit. Participants reported using meditation in daily life and experiencing greater well-being and improved coping skills as a result of the program. Findings suggest that being mindful may also decrease tendencies to take on others' negative emotions. Coping with stress and fostering the affective domain are important facets of nursing education that may be facilitated by mindfulness training. PMID:15303583

Beddoe, Amy E; Murphy, Susan O



Perceived level of knowledge and difficulty in applying family assessment among senior undergraduate nursing students.  


Because the structure, development, and functioning of a family plays an important role in health and illness, preparing nursing students to assess families in health care settings is of critical importance. A quasi-experimental design using a pre- and postcourse questionnaire was used to examine students' perceived knowledge about family assessment and perceived difficulty applying family assessment in the clinical setting. The Calgary Family Assessment Model (CFAM) was taught in an elective nursing course, "Families in Health and Illness," offered at the University of Hong Kong. At the completion of the course, 46 senior baccalaureate nursing students showed a significant increase in their perceived understanding of all subcategories in CFAM compared with the control group of 43 senior baccalaureate nursing students who completed an elective nursing course in women's health. Teaching family nursing assessment in undergraduate programs may be useful in ensuring that nurses attend to families in practice. PMID:20407000

Lee, Angel Chu Kee; Leung, Shing On; Lingchan, Polly Siu; Chung, Joyce Oi Kwan



Comparison of professional values of Taiwanese and United States nursing students.  


Globalization is a part of modern life. Sharing a common set of professional nursing values is critical in this global environment. The purpose of this research was to examine the professional values of nursing students from two distinct cultural perspectives. Nurse educators in Taiwan partnered with nurse educators in the United States to compare professional values of their respective graduating nursing students. The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics served as the philosophical framework for this examination. The convenience sample comprised 94 Taiwanese students and 168 US students. Both groups reported high scores on an overall measure of values. They did differ substantially on the relative importance of individual items related to advocacy, competence, education, self-evaluation, professional advancement, and professional associations. Global implications for the collaborative practice of nurses from different cultures working together can be improved by first recognizing and then attending to these differences in value priorities. PMID:23702893

Alfred, Danita; Yarbrough, Susan; Martin, Pam; Mink, Janice; Lin, Yu-Hua; Wang, Liching S



The impact of community college transfer on entry-level baccalaureate nursing student retention.  


Student attrition is a major issue for entry-level baccalaureate science in nursing (BSN) programs. Where BSN students complete the prerequisite nursing courses may contribute to attrition. Because many BSN students satisfy prerequisite courses at community colleges (CCs), a better understanding regarding how a CC education impacts BSN student retention is needed. The author reviews the literature regarding factors that potentially impact entry-level BSN student retention after CC transfer. PMID:18091472

Newton, Sarah E


Predicting academic progression for student registered nurse anesthetists.  


In order to foster academic progression and improve retention in nurse anesthesia programs, admission selection criteria require attention. With the escalating cost of graduate education coupled with the current economic crisis, efforts by educational leaders to minimize attrition remain pivotal. Selecting potential candidates who are most likely to succeed, aligned with data-driven evidence, offers the greatest potential for academic success for student registered nurse anesthetists. The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to determine if a relationship existed between admission criteria (grade point average [GPA], science grade point average [SGPA], Graduate Record Examination scores, and critical care experience) and academic progression (current academic status and GPA). Key findings revealed that statistically significant relationships exist between the admission selection criteria and academic progression. Findings also indicated that a combination of the independent variables, specifically the GPA and SGPA, predict academic progression. Further research that includes examination of cognitive and noncognitive admission criteria may offer greater evidence predicting academic performance by student registered nurse anesthetists. PMID:21751688

Burns, Sharon M



A Study of Values of Baccalaureate Nursing Students and Graduate Nurses from a Secular and a Nonsecular Program.  

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A study of the professional values of senior nursing students and graduate nurses in two kinds of institutions found little difference between them. Values identified most frequently by all related to patient care rather than social issues of the profession. (MSE)

Schank, Mary Jane; Weis, Darlene



Issues in the socialisation process of the male student nurse: implications for retention in undergraduate nursing courses  

Microsoft Academic Search

Although the number of males who choose nursing as a career is increasing, there is evidence to suggest that attrition rates are significantly high. This paper presents a review of the literature that focuses on highlighting those factors thought to impinge on the educational experience of the male nursing student. The discussion begins by illuminating the problems experienced by males

Amanda Stott



Exploring Educational Issues: International Nursing Students Enrolled in Professional Nursing Programs in South Texas and Their Perceptions of Educational Barriers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|This qualitative study explores educational challenges as manifested in the experiences of the English language learner (ELL) nursing students enrolled in a professional nursing program in San Antonio, Texas. Eleven participants were interviewed for this study using 7 open-ended questions. The research methodology applied in this study was…

Sparks, Wanda R.



Treating Nurses and Student Nurses with Chemical Dependency: Revising Policy in the United States for the 21st Century  

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|For more than a century, the US nursing profession has been aware of substance abuse problems among its practitioners and student nurses but has generally dealt with the issue by taking disciplinary action rather than pursuing nonpunitive options. The latter course would allow more healthcare providers, following successful rehabilitation, to…

Monroe, Todd; Pearson, Frances



1-year retention rates and performance ratings: comparing associate degree, baccalaureate, and accelerated baccalaureate degree nurses.  


The purpose of this study was to examine 1-year retention and managerial performance ratings of newly licensed RNs (NLRNs) according to nursing education program types (associate degree, traditional baccalaureate, and accelerated 2nd degree baccalaureate). Findings revealed retention and performance differences, suggesting the possibility of tradeoffs related to educational program type when selecting NLRNs for open positions. PMID:23958525

Weathers, Suzanne M; Raleigh, Edith D Hunt



Factors related to the nursing student-patient relationship: the students' perspective.  


The aim of this study was to describe nursing students' perceptions of factors related to three types of student-patient relationship identified in an earlier study: mechanistic, authoritative and facilitative. Another aim was to identify which factors predict the type of relationship. A convenience sample of 310 Bachelor of Health Care students was recruited. The data were collected by using a questionnaire especially designed for this study. Data analysis used the chi-square test, Fisher's exact test, one-way analysis of variance and multinomial logistic regression. Older age was the only significant predictor of a facilitative relationship, whereas fourth-year studies and support received from a person other than supervisor predicted an authoritative relationship. Furthermore, students in authoritative and facilitative relationships had a more positive perception of the patient's attributes as a patient and of patient's improved health and commitment to self-care than students in a mechanistic relationship. A positive perception of the atmosphere during collaboration was more common among students in an authoritative relationship than in a mechanistic relationship. The findings of this study offer useful clues for developing nursing education and empowering patients with a view to improving the quality of nursing care. PMID:17935835

Suikkala, Arja; Leino-Kilpi, Helena; Katajisto, Jouko



SAFETY: an integrated clinical reasoning and reflection framework for undergraduate nursing students.  


Nurse educators can no longer focus on imparting to students knowledge that is merely factual and content specific. Activities that provide students with opportunities to apply concepts in real-world scenarios can be powerful tools. Nurse educators should take advantage of student-patient interactions to model clinical reasoning and allow students to practice complex decision making throughout the entire curriculum. In response to this change in nursing education, faculty in a pediatric course designed a reflective clinical reasoning activity based on the SAFETY template, which is derived from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing RN practice analysis. Students were able to prioritize key components of nursing care, as well as integrate practice issues such as delegation, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations, and questioning the accuracy of orders. SAFETY is proposed as a framework for integration of content knowledge, clinical reasoning, and reflection on authentic professional nursing concerns. PMID:23244194

Hicks Russell, Bedelia; Geist, Melissa J; House Maffett, Jenny



Exploring the challenges for nontraditional male students transitioning into a nursing program.  


The nursing profession aims to increase the number of male nursing students and practicing nurses. Although a laudable goal, research on the factors associated with retaining male nursing students is lacking. In addition, research has failed to incorporate the challenges facing nontraditional male students, who represent a significant proportion of men enrolled in nursing programs. This study used a mixed method design to explore challenges experienced by nontraditional male students in a nursing program at a 2-year private college in the northeastern United States. Students cited difficulty balancing school, family, and work as among their greatest concerns. They also described their experiences as a numerical minority and how their life experiences and maturity helped them cope with the challenges they faced. PMID:16863106

Smith, Joshua S



USPAS from a student's perspective: learning about accelerator physics.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Overall, graduate education in the US is widely considered to be of the highest quality with the students from around the world entering our Universities. The difference between the US and European (in particularly, Russian) graduate educations is the availability of scholarly part in the US graduate programs. It consists of a number of classes (often mandatory) which help students to master their particular specialty and compensate for the lack of special classes during undergraduate years mostly overloaded with general studies. However, accelerator physics specialty has somehow historically become an exclusion with very few Universities offering classes in accelerators. The USPAS has became an essential part of my graduate education in accelerator physics, compensated for the lack of coursework at MIT, and greatly expedited my progress in thesis research.

Smirnova, Evgenya



Applying Education Theory to Nursing Curricula: nurse teachers’ definitions of student?centred andragogical teaching and learning concepts  

Microsoft Academic Search

Student?centred learning and teaching are concepts often given in relationship to philosophies of nurse education. Nursings’ Professional Regulatory Bodies and Higher Education Institutes generally can be shown to advocate such approaches to the delivery of educational programmes. The literature reviewed, however, highlights how no clear definitions of this concept are available. Student?centredness can be shown to be a multi?faceted concept

Annette A. Jinks



The experience of nursing students visiting older adults living in rural communities.  


The expanding population of older adults living in rural communities presents a rich opportunity for new clinical experiences for nursing students. The purpose of this research study was to explore the experiences of nursing students working with older adults in rural communities, the experiences of older adults, and the development of relationships. The sample included 96 nursing students and 16 older adults. Using the phenomenological method, we solicited comprehensive descriptions through open-ended questions. The following themes describe the experience of nursing students and the older adults they visited in their homes: (a) Welcoming Presence, (b) Developing a Trusting Relationship, (c) Spending Time Together, (d) Sharing and Listening to Stories, (e) Learning about Growing Old, and (f) Growing Nursing Students. Students believed that this experience was a vital component of their nursing education and it taught them how to develop a therapeutic relationship, learn how to listen, and how to be comfortable with themselves in the role of the student nurse. Students felt that the home setting was a safe environment to learn how to listen, carry out assessments, and receive feedback from older adults. This clinical experience can be easily implemented in a nursing curriculum to better prepare nurses for the challenges of the future. PMID:23910926

Walton, Joni; Blossom, Heidi


Enabling nursing students to become culturally competent--a documentary analysis of curricula in all Swedish nursing programs.  


Research has shown that majority of nurses feel that they lack relevant knowledge about immigrant's cultural backgrounds, and therefore, feel incompetent in providing these patients with good care. Last year alone, 4520 nursing students graduated from nursing schools throughout Sweden. Later on, they will meet and treat people from diverse cultural backgrounds and consequently, it is crucial that their educational training prepares them for their future work in a multiethnic society. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the nursing curricula in Sweden's nursing schools provide students with the necessary tools for becoming culturally competent. The present study was based on two main questions: (i) Do the present educational plans and courses provide nursing students with the opportunity to become culturally competent? (ii) How do the contents of the educational plans match the contents of the course plans? The study was conducted using a quantitative documentary analysis, where the authors analysed the curricula of 26 nursing schools in Sweden and then compared them to the theoretical frame of reference 'The Process of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services', a model written by Campinha-Bacote. The results showed that 69% (18/26) had included the concept of culture in their educational plans, whereas 77% (20/26) had included this in their courses. In all, 15% (78) from a total of 504 curricula had included the concept of culture in some way or another. However, the analysis found that only three schools provided students with specific training on the topic. Conclusively, the results showed that nursing students were not prepared for their work in a multiethnic society and nursing education in Sweden has failed to implement existing research into the nursing curricula. PMID:19068045

Momeni, Pardis; Jirwe, Maria; Emami, Azita



Attitudes of Hong Kong high school students towards the nursing profession.  


The increased development of hospital services in Hong Kong over the last decade has given rise in the demand for more recruits to join the nursing profession. Despite the advancement in education and the improvement in the working conditions, the problems of attracting sufficient new recruits remain critical. This study aimed to examine high school students' attitudes towards the nursing profession and to identify the contributing factors affecting shortage of nurses within the context of Hong Kong. A convenience sample of 375 high school students was recruited. A questionnaire was used to measure their knowledge, attitudes and intention to study nursing. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to describe their career preferences and to compare knowledge, attitudes and intention scales between gender and nursing exposure groups. Results indicated that the students were generally knowledgeable about nursing but were reluctant to pursue nursing as a career. However, students who were socially acquainted with a nurse demonstrated a slightly more positive attitude towards nursing and slightly higher intention to pursue nursing as a career compared with those having no social acquaintance with a nurse. Implications for promotion of nursing profession and limitations of the study were discussed. PMID:10693494

Rossiter, J C; Foong, A; Chan, P T




Microsoft Academic Search

Nursing education programs have a responsibility to develop strategies that improve future nurses' multicultural competence and eth- ical approaches to caring for populations different than their own.This article describes results of a final exam evaluative process used in an under- graduate class focused on culture and ethics. Ideas for nurse educators who desire increased student responsiveness and accountability for meeting



Relationship of Age, Marital Status, and Work Experience of Community College Nursing Students to Grades.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|To investigate differences in academic success due to age (younger or older than age 23), marital status, and nursing experience, a three-way analysis of variance was performed on the grade point averages of 1,435 female nursing students enrolled in 22 Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs in Illinois. The sample, representing over 90 percent…

Frerichs, Marian L.


Precautions used by occupational health nursing students during clinical placements.  


Protection of health care workers including students from being infected when caring for high risk patients is a major cause for concern to all promoting occupational health. Safety of every employee is mandatory. Furthermore, universal guidelines for precautions must be used by all interacting with high risk patients and clients to protect themselves and prevent the spread of infection. The aim of this paper was to ascertain the availability of universal guidelines for precautions against the spread of infection in clinical settings and determine the precautions used by OHN students during their clinical placements. To realise these objectives, a quantitative and descriptive design was followed. A purposive sampling method was used to select 45 Occupational health nursing students who participated in the study. Data was collected with the use of a structured questionnaire and the results revealed that: most units where OHN students were placed for clinical experience had guidelines for universal precautions although these were not always accessible to them; regarding compliance to universal precautions, OHN students were reportedly aware of the hazards of failure to comply although in some emergencies and where personal protective material was not available, they had to provide care without using protective equipments. Recommendations made include that employers and staff at all occupational settings must ensure that updated guidelines for universal precautions are available and accessible to every body interacting with high risk patients; health care providers and students must be fully informed about and should always adhere to universal precautions. PMID:20225748

Maja, T M M; Motshudi, M J



Baccalaureate Nursing Students' Perceptions of Children's Community-based Case Management: A Photographic Project.  

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Baccalaureate nursing students (n=24) described their perceptions of learning about children's community-based case management with photographs and text. Instructors categorized students' photographs, developed themes, and validated the themes. (JOW)

Lehna, Carlee; Tholcken, Michele



Development and Evaluation of a Series of CAL Modules on Cell Biology for Undergraduate Nursing Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

|Describes a project at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) that developed and evaluated modules for computer assisted instruction to teach cell biology to undergraduate nursing students. Topics include instructional effectiveness, feedback, and student attitudes. (LRW)|

Wharrad, Heather; Kent, Christine; Allcock, Nick; Wood, Barry



Teaching Nursing Research: Use of a Research Video To Enhance Students' Learning.  

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|A video containing narratives from a phenomenological study of Alzheimer's patients introduces nursing students to concepts, processes, methods, and ethical issues in research. It engages students in qualitative thinking and helps demonstrate the relevance of research to practice. (SK)|

Sorrell, Jeanne M.; Cangelosi, Pamela R.



Teaching Nursing Research: Use of a Research Video To Enhance Students' Learning.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A video containing narratives from a phenomenological study of Alzheimer's patients introduces nursing students to concepts, processes, methods, and ethical issues in research. It engages students in qualitative thinking and helps demonstrate the relevance of research to practice. (SK)

Sorrell, Jeanne M.; Cangelosi, Pamela R.



The Culture Care Meaning of Comfort for Ethnically Diverse Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Students in the Educational Setting  

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|The nursing profession is calling for enhanced diversity within the ranks of registered nurses to meet the health care needs of an increasingly diverse society. Nursing education is faced with the challenge of retaining ethnically diverse nursing students. Students who are ethnically diverse face unique challenges in addition to the universal…

Zajac, Lynne K.



Assisting nurses to facilitate student and new graduate learning in practice settings: what 'support' do nurses at the bedside need?  


The behaviours of nurses in the community of practice that new graduates and students participate directly contribute to learning. These behaviours are becoming more important with increasing numbers of students and graduates learning in health care contexts. Nurses, whether they assume the role of preceptor, buddy or mentor are pivotal in identifying appropriate learning opportunities for students and graduates, and assimilating these learners into the team. As nurses at the bedside have a designated caseload they need to be supported to perform this important role while delivering health care. The literature reports a number of constraints for nurses when facilitating the learning of others, namely, inadequate preparation about how to foster learning in this context, poor planning at the ward level, lack of reward or recognition for the role, lack of understanding about the specific learning needs of students and new graduates. This discussion paper provides direction for leadership and management teams to effectively support nurses who assume the role of preceptor, buddy or mentor to assist others' learning in the workplace. The recommendations suggest management teams provide for adequate preparation of nurses, effective planning of workload and organisation of work in the clinical area, and mechanisms for timely and specific feedback to maintain nurses interest and motivation in performing the role. Furthermore, senior leadership personnel need to establish a culture where the value of teaching and learning in practice is recognised and fostered by the entire team. PMID:23142237

Henderson, Amanda; Eaton, Emma



Telehealth nurse practitioner student clinical experiences: an essential educational component for today's health care setting.  


In order to meet the continuous changes and innovations within the health care system, nurse practitioner faculty must look to the future and prepare nurse practitioner graduates who deliver safe, quality patient care addressing the realities of a global society with a fast-paced expansion of technologies. Preparing nurse practitioner students for practice must include more than information technology knowledge in graduate nursing programs. Formal clinical experiences using various telehealth applications must be integrated into nurse practitioner training. Innovative strategies must be explored by nurse practitioner faculty to assure that graduates can meet the demanding technological demands of our current health care society. PMID:22503296

Hawkins, Shelley Yerger



Clinical environment as a learning environment: student nurses' perceptions concerning clinical learning experiences.  


The aim of this study is to describe student nurses' perceptions of clinical learning experiences in the context of the clinical learning environment. We use the phenomenological approach by Colaizzi. The data was collected by unstructured interviews. Altogether 16 student nurses were asked to describe the significance of clinical learning experiences and good and bad learning experiences. Four elements sum up these clinical learning experiences: the appreciation and support the students received, the quality of mentoring and patient care, and students' self-directedness. Student nurses valued clinical practice and the possibilities it offered in the process of growing to become a nurse and a professional. A good clinical learning environment was established through good co-operation between the school and the clinical staff. It was concluded that the school should be able to provide a suitable clinical learning environment at the right time, so that theory and practice would complement each other. The teacher was the expert on nursing education, the aims set for each practice, as well as student nurses and their skills, but then again the nurse mentor knew the ward on which students were practicing. This was why collaboration between nurse mentors and nurse teachers was considered very necessary. PMID:12727093

Papp, Inkeri; Markkanen, Marjatta; von Bonsdorff, Mikaela