Original Research

Student nurses’ needs for developing basic study skills

M Fischer, ELD Boshoff, VJ Ehlers
Curationis | Vol 24, No 1 | a804 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v24i1.804 | © 2001 M Fischer, ELD Boshoff, VJ Ehlers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2001 | Published: 28 September 2001

About the author(s)

M Fischer, Department of nursing science, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
ELD Boshoff, Department of nursing science, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
VJ Ehlers, Department of advanced nursing sciences, UNISA, South Africa

Full Text:

PDF (339KB)

Share this article

Bookmark and Share


One of the key responsibilities of the nurse educator is to develop student nurses’ abilities regarding self-directed study. Self-directed study requires inter alia, the ability to find information, synthesis and consequent application and integration of the information in practice.
The development of the abovementioned skills does not only imply a multidimensional approach to the student in totality, but also requires the meticulous involvement of the student in her/his own learning. The latter also assumes that students possess certain essential skills relevant to learning and studying. From the literature it is evident that secondary schooling in general, does not prepare students adequately for tertiary education.
This research intended to find answers to the questions whether student nurses require guidance regarding the development of specifically identified study skills, the guidance provided and whether the guidance provided was sufficient.
A descriptive survey was done in order to address the above questions. The research instruments (questionnaires) were completed (during 1997) by nurse educators and student nurses in the Western Cape.
On completion of the analysis and interpretation of the data, the researcher concluded that student nurses expressed a need for more guidance regarding the development of basic study skills ant that existing student support programs did not address all these needs adequately. Furthermore, it was concluded that the language medium of the prescribed study material had a profound effect on the learning and study proceses of student nurses.
Based on the conclusion, various recommendations were made concerning different facets of the teaching/learning event., in order to enhance students’ learning and studying skills.
Mastery of these skills can be regarded as being important prerequisites for effective, responsible, independent professional practice.


No related keywords in the metadata.


Total abstract views: 1455
Total article views: 2003

Crossref Citations

No related citations found.