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Clinical teaching of student nurses by unit managers of selected hospitals in Limpopo Province

LA Murathi, M Davhana-Maselesele, VO Netshandama
Curationis | Vol 28, No 1 | a902 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v28i1.902 | © 2005 LA Murathi, M Davhana-Maselesele, VO Netshandama | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2005 | Published: 28 September 2005

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LA Murathi, Nursing campus, University of Venda for science/technology, South Africa
M Davhana-Maselesele, Nursing campus, University of Venda for science/technology, South Africa
VO Netshandama, Nursing campus, University of Venda for science/technology, South Africa

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Abstract

The comprehensive nature of nurse training needs the involvement of almost all health team personnel, including unit managers to gain practical experience and learn to correlate theory and practice. The overall aim of the study was to explore and describe the experiences of unit managers regarding teaching of student nurses in the clinical area and to develop recommendations that will enhance clinical teaching, for the production of competent future nurse practitioners who will render quality care to patients. A qualitative design, which is explorative, descriptive and contextual in nature, was employed, utilizing a phenomenological approach to capture the experiences of unit managers regarding teaching of student nurses at selected hospitals, where students are allocated for their clinical exposure. Ethical measures as well as measures to ensure trustworthiness were adhered to. In-depth phenomenological interviews were conducted with unit managers who shared their experiences regarding clinical teaching of student nurses. Data analysis was done according to Tesch’s (1990) open coding method. One major theme emerged, namely that unit managers experienced problems when doing clinical teaching of student nurses. Based on the findings the following recommendations were made: Colleges should open a two-way communication with unit managers, involvement of unit managers in the activities that take place at the college like courses, seminars and workshops on clinical teaching, learning contracts should be developed for the students and issues of clinical learning should be addressed and unit managers should be included in both summative and formative evaluations.

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