CLINICAL EXPERIENCES: MILESTONES IN NURSING EDUCATION

Julieta T. Guinid

Abstract


Abstract
This is a qualitative phenomenological study aimed to explore and describe
the lived clinical experiences of Levels II, III and IV nursing students of the
University of Northern Philippines. Eighteen students were selected as participants
through purposive sampling. Data were gathered through individual unstructured
interviews and focus group discussions and analyzed following the Colaizzi’s
process. Three main themes with their corresponding subthemes emerged from this
study: 1) Teaching and Learning Support comprising clinical supervision, mentors
and role modeling interplay with theory and practice, 2) Clinical Practice that
resulted to character and values development, clinical responsibility, competency
enhancement and anxiety and stress. The students likewise developed self-confidence,
enjoyed and appreciated clinical practice; and 3) Interpersonal Relations centered
on the attitude of staff nurses, doctors, clinical instructors, students’ emotions, and
coping strategies. The participants perceived some of their Clinical instructors (CIs)
as role models who helped them hone their competency skills and developed moral
values. They encountered stresses that greatly affected their personal life and
academic performance. To adequately prepare students for clinical practice,
orientation procedures must be strengthened; the CIs should serve as role models not
only in thought and in words but also in deed; pre and post conferences should be
conducted regularly to promote meaningful and inspiring clinical experiences. The
findings should be disseminated to the affiliating agencies and further studies be
conducted on students’ clinical experiences in the community.
Key words: Lived experiences, Clinical Practice, Clinical instructors,
Phenomenological, nursing education

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