n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Preparedness of final year nursing students regarding clinical practice : nursing curricular issues

Supplement 3
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the experiences of final year nursing students in their preparedness for clinical practice at the public college in East London, South Africa. A qualitative, explorative and descriptive research design was utilized. A purposive sample of 30 final-year nursing students was selected. Unstructured focus group interviews were used for data collection. Tesch's method of qualitative data analysis was applied. The results revealed that nursing students had inadequate confidence to meet performance expectations of the workplace. This requires to reinstate clinical preceptors; standardise procedures, formulate procedure manuals and to delegate finalists for managerial roles. Clinical teaching and learning are the integral parts of both nursing education and practice; therefore nurse educators and clinical staff have an obligation to ensure that clinical learning takes place in an environment full of support and guidance. There should be the understanding that nursing students develop from the point of dependency to that of independent professional nurse upon which their patients' lives depend.

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