Problems that Influence the Academic Learning and Clinical Practices among Nursing Students
Rashida Noureen*, Muhammad Hussain1, Hajra Sarwar1, Muhammad Afzal1, Syed Amir Gilani2
1Lahore School of Nursing, The University of Lahore, Pakistan
2Faculty of Allied Health Sciences (AHS), The University of Lahore, Pakistan
Introduction: High quality of care is one of the requirements of nursing which depends on the nursing competency. In this connection, the aim of this research was to determine the problems that influence the academic learning (nursing' educational program) and clinical practices from the viewpoint of student nurses. Methods: The study design was used descriptive cross-sectional. The sample consisted of 148 participant of general Nursing students of first year, second year and third .was in learning and practice The instrument of the study was a two-part researcher-made questionnaire with 18 questions in the clinical learning problems to assess problems related to the academic and clinical practices in nursing students , questionnaire was validated in terms of both face and content validity. Its reliability, using Cronbach's Alpha coefficient, was 0.72 in the theoretical-clinical and 0.73 in the clinical realm. Both descriptive and analytical statistics were used to analyze the data, using SPSS software. Results: The results of this study indicated that from the participantsí viewpoints, the most important problems in the academic learning were as follows: lack of academic research the clinical period (88.1%), no application of theoretical aspects of the nursing process in practice (76.4%), insufficient knowledgeable and professional educators (70.3%),the use of traditional routine-oriented methods on the wards (74.2%). Participants viewpoints, the most important problems in the clinical practice were as follows: insufficient time for performance based on knowledge in relation to the nurse's workload (79.0%), weakness and usefulness of scientific function encouragement systems in clinic (53.3%), and learnt theoretical subjects not coming into practice in clinical fields after graduation (71.6%).Conclusion: Efforts to reduce the gap between the theoretical and practical (clinical function) knowledge in educational and work environment are required to improve the training of qualified nurses.
Keywords: Clinical practice; academic training; research results utilization; theoretical content; inappropriate clinical practices.
Int. J. Grad. Res. Rev.Vol-4, Issue-3: 95-102