Reflections of Nursing Students towards Their Clinical Experience and Career Preparedness

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308297
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Reflections of Nursing Students towards Their Clinical Experience and Career Preparedness
Author(s):
Smith, Jessica G.; Thongpriwan, VIpavee
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Eta Nu
Author Details:
Jessica G. Smith, BSN, RN, jgsmith@uwm.edu; VIpavee Thongpriwan, PhD, RN
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013

Background: The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) established the importance of preparing registered nurse generalists. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine senior nursing students’ perceptions towards their clinical experiences across settings and how these experiences influence their perceived career preparedness.

Methods: The qualitative descriptive framework was employed to describe the phenomena of student nursing clinical experiences and career preparedness from a naturalistic perspective (Sandelowski, 2010).  Male and female senior undergraduate students currently enrolled in a clinical course at a Midwestern University were eligible to participate in the study. After all clinical grades were posted, we announced the study by sending an email to the student listserv of the clinical course. An online consent was obtained for analysis of their existing clinical narratives. Twenty-eight clinical narratives across clinical settings from 7 students were analyzed using Nvivo qualitative software. A coding scheme was developed based upon several readings of all narratives to determine main concepts for coding. This scheme was continually revised as each narrative underwent coding. A codebook and memos were developed for two researchers who performed a coding comparison to achieve high coding consistency.

Results: Two major themes emerged including (1) Learning experiences and (2) Perceived nursing experiences that influence further professional practice. Subthemes of Theme I are (a) Positive experiences (b) Negative experiences and (c) Challenges of nursing practice. Theme II subthemes are (a) Perceived scope of nursing profession and (b) Perceived professional nursing role.

Conclusions: The findings provide a basis for revising and implementing the BSN curricula that would enhance the students’ clinical nursing competency and their perceptions of career preparedness.

Keywords:
Nursing Education; Baccalaureate; Qualitative Research
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleReflections of Nursing Students towards Their Clinical Experience and Career Preparednessen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Jessica G.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorThongpriwan, VIpaveeen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentEta Nuen_GB
dc.author.detailsJessica G. Smith, BSN, RN, jgsmith@uwm.edu; VIpavee Thongpriwan, PhD, RNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308297-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013</p><i>Background:</i> <i>The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice</i> (2008) established the importance of preparing registered nurse generalists. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine senior nursing students’ perceptions towards their clinical experiences across settings and how these experiences influence their perceived career preparedness. <p><i>Methods:</i> The qualitative descriptive framework was employed to describe the phenomena of student nursing clinical experiences and career preparedness from a naturalistic perspective (Sandelowski, 2010).  Male and female senior undergraduate students currently enrolled in a clinical course at a Midwestern University were eligible to participate in the study. After all clinical grades were posted, we announced the study by sending an email to the student listserv of the clinical course. An online consent was obtained for analysis of their existing clinical narratives. Twenty-eight clinical narratives across clinical settings from 7 students were analyzed using Nvivo qualitative software. A coding scheme was developed based upon several readings of all narratives to determine main concepts for coding. This scheme was continually revised as each narrative underwent coding. A codebook and memos were developed for two researchers who performed a coding comparison to achieve high coding consistency. <p><i>Results:</i> Two major themes emerged including (1) Learning experiences and (2) Perceived nursing experiences that influence further professional practice. Subthemes of Theme I are (a) Positive experiences (b) Negative experiences and (c) Challenges of nursing practice. Theme II subthemes are (a) Perceived scope of nursing profession and (b) Perceived professional nursing role. <p><i>Conclusions:</i> The findings provide a basis for revising and implementing the BSN curricula that would enhance the students’ clinical nursing competency and their perceptions of career preparedness.en_GB
dc.subjectNursing Educationen_GB
dc.subjectBaccalaureateen_GB
dc.subjectQualitative Researchen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:29:29Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:29:29Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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