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Nurse students clinical practice competencies

Margaret Whelan, Ethel Ulrich, Joan Ginty, Denise Walsh
Nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing practice students gain cultural awareness and primary care experience on biannual medical mission trips to Jamaica. Faith-based Molloy College's partnership with professional medical volunteers enables students to apply clinical skills, express compassion, and gain interprofessional experience. Volunteers provide care and education for the high prevalence of noncommunicable conditions found in Jamaica. The program enjoys a positive relationship with Jamaica's Ministry of Health; a research study will assess impact on students and patients...
April 2018: Journal of Christian Nursing: a Quarterly Publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship
Rocío de Diego Cordero, Bárbara Badanta Romero, Filomena Adelaide de Matos, Emília Costa, Daniele Corcioli Mendes Espinha, Claudia de Souza Tomasso, Alessandra Lamas Granero Lucchetti, Giancarlo Lucchetti
AIMS: To compare the opinions and attitudes of Portuguese-speaking nursing students from Brazil and Portugal on the relationship between religiosity/spirituality and the ability to approach these issues with patients, in their undergraduate training and practice. BACKGROUND: Although there are studies investigating nursing students' opinions concerning religiosity and spirituality in clinical practice, few have investigated if there are cross-cultural differences between countries...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Madison B Smith, Tamara G R Macieira, Michael D Bumbach, Susan J Garbutt, Sandra W Citty, Anita Stephen, Margaret Ansell, Toni L Glover, Gail Keenan
OBJECTIVES: To present the findings of a systematic review on the use of simulation-based learning experiences (SBLEs) to teach communication skills to nursing students and clinicians who provide palliative and end-of-life care to patients and their families. BACKGROUND: Palliative care communication skills are fundamental to providing holistic patient care. Since nurses have the greatest amount of direct exposure to patients, building such communication competencies is essential...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Boštjan Žvanut, Robert Lovrić, Tamara Štemberger Kolnik, Majda Šavle, Patrik Pucer
Nursing clinical learning environments are particularly important for the achievement of good practice in clinical training of student nurses, and thus, for the nursing competence development. Hence, it is important to have an instrument consisting of reliable and valid criteria for assessing the clinical learning environment, applicable in different contexts, and translated in the respondents mother tongue. The goal of the present research was to test the reliability and validity of the Slovenian version of the "Clinical Learning Environment, Supervision and Nurse Teacher evaluation scale", and to compare it with the Croatian version...
February 26, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
Hooman Shahsavari, Zahra Zare, Zohreh Parsa-Yekta, Pauline Griffiths, Mojtaba Vaismoradi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The nursing student requires opportunities to learn within authentic contexts so as to enable safe and competent practice. One strategy to facilitate such learning is the creation of learning situations. A lack of studies on the learning situation in nursing and other health care fields has resulted in insufficient knowledge of the characteristics of the learning situation, its antecedents, and consequences. Nurse educators need to have comprehensive and practical knowledge of the definition and characteristics of the learning situation so as to enable their students to achieve enhanced learning outcomes...
February 1, 2018: Research and Theory for Nursing Practice
Cora L F Visser, Rashmi A Kusurkar, Gerda Croiset, Olle Ten Cate, Hendrika E Westerveld
PURPOSE: Interprofessional Education (IPE) may depend for its success not only on cognitive gains of learners, but also on affective and motivational benefits. According to Self-Determination Theory (SDT), a major motivation theory, autonomy (feeling of choice), competence (feeling of capability), and relatedness (feeling of belonging) drive motivation in a way that can improve performance. We investigated which elements of IPE in a clinical ward potentially influence students' feelings in these three areas...
February 28, 2018: Medical Teacher
Carrie L Cormack, Elizabeth Jensen, Catherine O Durham, Gigi Smith, Bonnie Dumas
BACKGROUND: The 360 Degree Evaluation Model is one means to provide a comprehensive view of clinical competency and readiness for progression in an online nursing program. OBJECTIVES: This pilot project aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of implementing a 360 Degree Evaluation of clinical competency of graduate advanced practice nursing students. DESIGN: The 360 Degree Evaluation, adapted from corporate industry, encompasses assessment of student knowledge, skills, behaviors and attitudes and validates student's progression from novice to competent...
February 5, 2018: Nurse Education Today
Cristina Castro-Yuste, María José García-Cabanillas, María Jesús Rodríguez-Cornejo, Concepción Carnicer-Fuentes, Olga Paloma-Castro, Luis Javier Moreno-Corral
BACKGROUND: The evaluation of the level of clinical competence acquired by the student is a complex process that must meet various requirements to ensure its quality. The psychometric analysis of the data collected by the assessment tools used is a fundamental aspect to guarantee the student's competence level. AIM: To conduct a psychometric analysis of an instrument which assesses clinical competence in nursing students at simulation stations with standardized patients in OSCE-format tests...
February 8, 2018: Nurse Education Today
Jose-Maria Suarez-Garcia, Alba Maestro-Gonzalez, David Zuazua-Rico, Marta Sánchez-Zaballos, Maria-Pilar Mosteiro-Diaz
BACKGROUND: Clinical practice is critical for nursing students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to properly develop professionally. The presence of stress in clinical practice may negatively affect their training. OBJECTIVES: To understand the extent to which clinical practice can be stressful for nursing students at a Spanish university and to determine the main stressors associated with the practice. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, descriptive, and observational study conducted in 2016 at the two nursing colleges of the University of Oviedo, located in Oviedo and Gijón in the Principality of Asturias, Spain...
February 6, 2018: Nurse Education Today
Tera Kirkman, Clarissa Hall, Rachel Winston, Vicki Pierce
Nursing students often care for one or two patients during hospital clinical experiences, while under the supervision of a nurse educator. In this setting, students have limited opportunities to make clinical judgments, prioritize, and delegate while caring for multiple patients. Research supports the need for students to have increased experiences in caring for multiple patients. The aim of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of a multiple patient simulated clinical experience (SCE) on senior students' perception of their readiness to transition to practice...
February 6, 2018: Nurse Education Today
Harriet Okatch, Timothy Joseph Sowicz, Helen Teng, Doreen Ramogola-Masire, Alison M Buttenheim
OBJECTIVES: To design and implement a case study on the cervical cancer screening program in Botswana to teach public and global health competencies to undergraduate nursing students. DESIGN AND SAMPLE: The case study was developed following a review of the literature on the epidemiology and health policies of cervical cancer in Botswana, and an interview with an obstetrician/gynecologist engaged in both clinical practice and research in Botswana. The case study has been implemented over seven semesters to students enrolled in the Nursing in the Community course at the University of Pennsylvania...
February 9, 2018: Public Health Nursing
Arusa Lakhani, Rafat Jan, Marina Baig, Kiran Mubeen, Sadia Abbas Ali, Shahnaz Shahid, Karyn Kaufman
BACKGROUND: in 2012 the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan opened the country's first bachelor's degree program in midwifery for women who held diplomas in nursing and midwifery. The principal aims were to prepare midwives who would be competent to provide full-scope practice. For quality assurance, the programme was continuously monitored and assessed. As part of this ongoing evaluation process we sought in-depth feedback from the first graduates about their student experiences...
January 30, 2018: Midwifery
Tiina Järvinen, Niina Eklöf, Leena Salminen
The aim of this scoping literature review was to identify the factors related to nursing students' readiness to enter working life. The literature search was carried out in autumn 2017 in PubMed and CINAHL databases. The studies selected for this review (n = 17) were analyzed thematically with inductive content analysis. Four subthemes that were combined into two main factors related to nursing students' readiness to enter working life were found. The main factors found were 1) educational factors and 2) personal factors...
February 1, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
Anne Marie Lunde Husebø, Marianne Storm, Bodil Bø Våga, Adriana Rosenberg, Kristin Akerjordet
OBJECTIVE: To give an overview of empirical studies investigating nursing homes as a learning environment during nursing students' clinical practice. BACKGROUND: A supportive clinical learning environment is crucial to students' learning and for their development into reflective and capable practitioners. Nursing students' experience with clinical practice can be decisive in future workplace choices. A competent workforce is needed for the future care of older people...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Leslie M Smith, Megan Keiser, Carman Turkelson, Amy M Yorke, Benjamin Sachs, Karen Berg
PURPOSE OF STUDY: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of a simulation-enhanced interprofessional education (Sim-IPE) discharge planning learning experience using simulated patients (SPs), to explore the ability for students to communicate with each other and to a patient/caregiver, and to use clinical thinking to make a safe and appropriate interprofessional discharge recommendation. PRIMARY PRACTICE SETTING(S): Educational institution; university simulation center...
March 2018: Professional Case Management
Benjamin Smallheer, Jennifer Hunt, Judson Smith
The purpose of this innovative learning strategy was to decrease students' fear and anxiety within the critical care environment before the initiation of a critical care capstone clinical experience by enhancing their familiarity of the critical care environment through deliberate practice and experiential learning. This will in turn increase student knowledge and competence in the critical care setting.Critical care units are often used during a capstone clinical experience to enhance critical thinking and clinical reasoning...
March 2018: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
Karen M Brown, Jennifer L Rode
BACKGROUND: Baccalaureate nursing graduates must possess leadership skills, yet few opportunities exist to cultivate leadership abilities in a clinical environment. Peer-facilitated learning may increase the leadership skills of competence, self-confidence, self-reflection, and role modeling. Facilitating human patient simulation provides opportunities to develop leadership skills. METHOD: With faculty supervision, senior baccalaureate students led small-group simulation experiences with sophomore and junior peers and then conducted subsequent debriefings...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Nursing Education
Salla Pitkänen, Maria Kääriäinen, Ashlee Oikarainen, Anna-Maria Tuomikoski, Satu Elo, Heidi Ruotsalainen, Mikko Saarikoski, Taina Kärsämänoja, Kristina Mikkonen
BACKGROUND: The purpose of clinical placements and supervision is to promote the development of healthcare students´ professional skills. High-quality clinical learning environments and supervision were shown to have significant influence on healthcare students´ professional development. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to describe healthcare students` evaluation of the clinical learning environment and supervision, and to identify the factors that affect these. DESIGN: The study was performed as a cross-sectional study...
January 17, 2018: Nurse Education Today
Sigrid Wangensteen, Elisabeth Finnbakk, Annsofie Adolfsson, Gudrun Kristjansdottir, Petrie Roodbol, Helen Ward, Lisbeth Fagerström
BACKGROUND: Nursing practice requires application of knowledge, skills and values in various combinations and has undergone substantial changes the last decades. An increased focus on inter-professional collaboration and possible new and more independent roles for nurses are described. A variety of programs have been developed in order to educate registered nurses (RN) to meet the changes and demands in health and nursing care throughout the world. AIM: The aims were to 1) describe nurses' self-assessment of clinical competence and need for further training, and 2) explore possible differences between nurses in specialist vs master's programs...
December 20, 2017: Nurse Education Today
Mark Zieber, Monique Sedgewick
A primary goal of nursing programs is to ensure that graduates can successfully enter into professional practice. This paper examines the relationship between competence, confidence, and knowledge retention in undergraduate nursing students. The study involved a three test quantitative component as well as a qualitative component. The quantitative component comprised a pretest, posttest immediately following the intervention, posttest three month design. The intervention was comprised of an intensive one day advanced cardiac skills knowledge and simulation activity...
December 11, 2017: Nurse Education Today
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