Nursing Students’ Identification of Quality Indicators during a Third-Year Preceptorship
Background: A pivotal part of nursing education is the ability to practice clinical skills in a professional setting under the supervision of nurse preceptors. This study was aimed at evaluating the preceptorship experiences of third-year student nurses. Method: Through a combination of survey and focus groups, both quantitative and qualitative data were used to evaluate the impact of preceptors, unit staff, and clinical placements on student experiences. Themes were developed according to Krueger's Framework (Krueger & Casey, 2014) and a triangulation design was used. Ethics approval was obtained from the Institutional Research Ethics Board. Results: Twenty-eight students responded to the survey), providing a 34.1% response rate with eleven students participating in the interviews. Conclusion: Findings from this study highlighted workplace culture, relational practice, preparedness, and scheduling concerns; providing understanding of students’ perceptions of preceptors which can help inform nursing curriculum development related to preceptorship experiences.
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