Constructing a nursing identity within the clinical environment: the student nurse experience

Walker, Sandra, Dwyer, Trudy, Broadbent, Marc, Moxham, Lorna, Sander, Teresa, and Edwards, Kristin (2014) Constructing a nursing identity within the clinical environment: the student nurse experience. Contemporary Nurse, 49 (1). pp. 103-112.

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Background: Nursing identity is an important element of being a nurse. Student nurses begin the construc- tion of their nursing identity during their clinical placements.

Aim: The aim of this research was to examine how the stu- dent nurses of a regional Australian university construct their identity when on off-campus clinical placement.

Methods/ Design: Using a constructivist approach an online survey was used to elicit data in response to the question ‘What elements are needed during the work integrated learning experience to enable undergraduate nursing students to construct their nursing identity?’

Results/Findings: Findings reveal five key elements to the construction of students’ nursing identity; positive role models, belonging, peer support, critical thinking abilities and confidence.

Conclusion: Such findings are important as they provide information for student nurses, preceptors and educators in guiding clinical placement experi- ences that are able to facilitate the development of the nursing identity.

Item ID: 49637
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1037-6178
Keywords: professional identity, professional self-concept
Funders: Australian Government Collaborative Research Network (CRN), Central Queensland University (CQU)
Projects and Grants: CQU Research Grant
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 02:13
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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