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Antti-Tuomas Heinonen, Maria Kääriäinen, Jonna Juntunen, Kristina Mikkonen, Nursing students’ experiences of nurse teacher mentoring and beneficial digital technologies in a clinical practice setting, Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 40, 2019, 102631, ISSN 1471-5953, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2019.102631

Nursing students’ experiences of nurse teacher mentoring and beneficial digital technologies in a clinical practice setting

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Author: Heinonen, Antti-Tuomas1; Kääriäinen, Maria1,2; Juntunen, Jonna3;
Organizations: 1RN; Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, Faculty of Medicine, P.O. Box 5000, FI- 90014, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019110737028
Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-09-28
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Abstract

Due to educational reforms in Finland, the nurse teacher’s role is being reduced in mentoring of nursing students in the clinical practice. Students reported experiencing a lack of instruction and feeling abandoned in the clinical practice. The aim of this study was to describe nursing student experiences of mentoring by nurse teachers in clinical practice, as well as the benefits of digital technology in this context. Qualitative study design was used with semi-structured focus group interviews. Nursing students (n = 15) who had completed at least one clinical placement during their nursing education. Data were collected in autumn 2017 from two universities of applied sciences in northern Finland. The data were analyzed using inductive content analysis. Mentoring by nurse teacher was perceived as a key part of learning evaluation, integrating theoretical and practical knowledge, understanding the student’s role and emotional support. The results also revealed that mentoring can be improved by using digital technology. However, technology cannot completely replace face-to-face mentoring. The mentoring provided by nurse teachers plays an important role in the success of a nursing student’s clinical practice. Digital technology can be leveraged to enhance the learning experience when easy-to-use and ubiquitous applications are integrated into the clinical learning setting.

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Series: Nurse education in practice
ISSN: 1471-5953
ISSN-E: 1873-5223
ISSN-L: 1471-5953
Volume: 40
Article number: 102631
DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2019.102631
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2019.102631
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
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