From Learning on Mannequins to Practicing on Patients: Nursing Students' First-Time Experience of Clinical Placement in Jordan

Deema Mahasneh, Noordeen Shoqirat, Arwa Alsaraireh, Charleen Singh, Lee Thorpe

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Abstract

Introduction: Although clinical nursing placement is an indispensable component of student nurses' education, data on students' first clinical experiences is scarce in developing countries. Objectives: The study aim is to uncover nursing students' first-time clinical placement experience and identify related influencing factors in Jordan. Methods: Focus group discussions (n=4) were used. Results: The results showed that the transition from learning with mannequins to practicing on real patients in the clinical placement involved both effective learnings through hands-on practice to dealing with clinical challenges. Students perception of nursing ranged from positive comments such as “humanistic” and “nursing almost medicine” to negative images such as “nursing is all about bedside care” and “nursing has poor social status.” Conclusion: Students' experience in their first clinical placement is multifaceted, and incorporation of student's perspective in the first clinical placement is a crucial component of educational planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAGE Open Nursing
Volume7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • clinical placement
  • focus group discussions
  • Jordan
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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