A qualitative study of effectiveness of clinical teaching

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Clinical experience has been always an integral part of nursing education. It prepares student nurses to be able of" doing" as well as" knowing" the clinical principles in practice. Clinical experience is one of the most anxiety producing components of the nursing program which has been identified by nursing students. The educational process is unique in the practice professions because being able to perform the activities of the profession in live situations as opposed to simply being able to express understanding of principles is a requisite competency of graduation. Despite a wealth of research on clinical teaching, the criteria for determining what constitutes effective clinical teaching remain poorly defined. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the nursing students' and instructors' perception of clinical teaching effectiveness in critical care nursing courses. Material and Method; A descriptive qualitative research design was used. Setting: The study was conducted at the Critical Care & Emergency Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University. Subjects: consisted of two groups. The first group included nursing students and the second group consisted of critical care clinical instructors. Clinical Teaching opinionnaire tool was developed to elicit the nursing student's/clinical instructors' perception of clinical teaching effectiveness in critical care nursing courses. Results; Students had enough orientation. Students are under stress because of a lot of work and duties. The ratio of instructors to students (1: 6) is adequate. The instructors' agreed with the students on the duration of clinical training is not enough. Students are well …
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)409-420
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of American Science
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2011


  • qualitative; study; effectiveness; clinical; teaching.


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