Going with it to get it done : student nurse perceptions of the influences of preceptors on their learning in clinical practice
Carbines, Maria; Lu, Hongyan; Phillips, Jillian
Citation:Carbines, M., Lu, H. & Phillips, J. (2015, November). Going with it to get it done: Student nurse perceptions of the influences of preceptors on their learning in clinical practice. Paper presented at Australasian Nurses Educators Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3317
Aim To explore the perceptions of BN student nurses regarding the influence of preceptors on their clinical learning Research question What helps or hinders BN students’ learning from preceptors during clinical placements? The Nursing Council of New Zealand education standards stipulate that students completing a programme of study leading to registration as registered nurses (RNs) must complete between 1100-1500 clinical hours. This occurs in healthcare settings where students work alongside RNs. Known as preceptors, these RNs supervise, teach and sometjmes assess students. Within these preceptor-student interactions, the future of nursing is co-created as students begin to develop their own professional identities. Previous research has determined that the student-preceptor relationship is complex and challenging on many levels for both parties. In New Zealand in particular, little is known about how students manage to successfully achieve their clinical competencies in environments that are not always conducive to their learning. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore student nurse perceptions of the influences of preceptors during clinical placements. Twenty-three third year students from a New Zealand nursing school participated during their transition semesters prior to the Nursing Council State Final Examination. Data gathered from focus groups and individual interviews were analysed using a general inductive approach (Thomas, 2006). The themes identified were 'the Learning Environment; 'The Student-Preceptor Relationship' and 'Managing the Challenges'. Knowledge generated by this study adds breadth and depth to what is already known about the student-preceptor relationship and has potential benefits for students, nursing schools and healthcare facilities which provide clinical experience for students. It implies that knowing informs what may be done in order to nurture the very foundation of nursing's future - today's student nurses.