Nursing students' perspective of clinical role model : implications for nursing education

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Nursing students' perspective of clinical role model : implications for nursing education

 

Author: Chau, Wai-ling Florence
Title: Nursing students' perspective of clinical role model : implications for nursing education
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1998
Subject: Nurses -- Education
Nursing -- Study and teaching
Nursing students -- Attitudes
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Nursing and Health Sciences
Pages: vi, 123 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1449840
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3636
Abstract: This study explores the perceptions on clinical role models from the perspective of nursing students in hospital-based programs. Nursing education aims to socialise new members to the values and behaviours in the profession. The professional socialisation process takes place primarily in the clinical settings where nursing students learn and practise nursing with nurse practitioners. A clinical role model is believed to have positive effects at the transitional period from student to nurse practitioner. This is a qualitative study with an attempt to explore the choice of nursing students' role models and the attributes of such models. The purposes are to identify the learning needs of students and the implications of these needs on nursing education. 15 nursing students of different levels of training were interviewed. Findings show that the registered nurse is the most significant role model in the clinical areas. The modelling attributes can be categorised under 7 roles. They are the carer, professional practitioner, facilitator of learning, colleague, friend, supervisor and manager. Students are highly impressed by those who develop good nurse-patient relationships and have effective therapeutic communication skills. It is recommended that communication components should be enhanced in both basic and post-basic nurse education programs in order to strengthen the professional interpersonal communication of nurses. An integrated curriculum of communication is proposed to enhance the interpersonal effectiveness of nursing students.

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