Attitude of Professional Nurses in Iran regarding the Attendance of Nursing Students in Clinical Settings
*Corresponding Author E-mail: Hossseinr21@gmail.com
Attendance in clinical settings is a significant part of nursing student education. The attitude of nurses working in these settings towards nursing students can be considered as an effective factor in the learning process of nursing students. In this study, we tried to measure the attitude of professional nurses regarding the attendance of nursing students in clinical settings.
The present study was conducted at the teaching hospitals affiliated to Qazvin University of Medical Sciences in 2018–2019. A researcher-made checklist and a standard questionnaire entitled "Nurses ’attitudes towards nursing students" were used to collect data. The "nurses ’attitude towards nursing students" questionnaire consists of 41 items that measure nurses ’attitude through seven subscales. Total score is within a range of 41 to 123. Scores 41 to 95 are indicative of negative attitude, while scores 96 to 123 are interpreted as positive attitude. Collected data were then analyzed using SPSS version 16.
Totally, 89 nurses participated in this study. The overall score of nurses’ attitude was 74.2 with a standard deviation of 8.4. The mean score in terms of items related to time, motivation, knowledge, professional issues, background comparison, instructor-student relationship and personal issues were 9.7, 6.8, 16.1, 11.9, 10.3, 5.1 and 14.3, respectively. Among demographic variables, age was the only variable that had a significant relationship with nurses ’attitude. As their age increased, their attitude towards the attendance of nursing students in the clinical settings was more positive (p=0.033, rr=0.244).
In general, nurses did not show a positive attitude towards the attendance of nursing students in clinical settings. Therefore, this issue should be studied further in other studies, particularly in qualitative ones.
Nursing Education, Clinical Settings, Effective Training, Nurses.