Perceptions of nursing student clinical placement experiences.

Debra Leners, Kathleen Sitzman, Karen L. Hessler

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There is an unprecedented shortage of registered nurses (RNs) in the United States of America. Efforts to educate more RNs have been limited by a shortage of both clinical placements and preceptors for nursing students. The purpose of this study was to examine nursing education issues associated with student clinical placement as experienced by hospital personnel who coordinate the placements with various schools of nursing. A qualitative study involving 15 state-wide participants directly associated with clinical placement of nursing students was conducted. Emergent themes from the data included lack of consistent terminology and definition of student and preceptor roles, preference of clinical scholars, process of site placements, rewards for supervision of students, dis-satisfiers to the supervision of students and suggested strategies for change. Recommendations which developed from the research are summarized and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)Article 24
JournalInternational journal of nursing education scholarship
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education


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