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Saukkoriipi, M, Tuomikoski, A-M, Sivonen, P, et al. Clustering clinical learning environment and mentoring perceptions of nursing and midwifery students: A cross-sectional study. J Adv Nurs. 2020; 76: 2336– 2347. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14452

Clustering clinical learning environment and mentoring perceptions of nursing and midwifery students : a cross‐sectional study

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Author: Saukkoriipi, Mari1; Tuomikoski, Anna-Maria1,2; Sivonen, Pirkko3;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland
3Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
4Epidemiological Monitoring Team for Regional Healthcare System, Direzione Centrale Salute, Regione Friuli-Venezia- Giulia, Oulu, Finland
5Hospital Administration, Udine, Italy
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020111089784
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-06-15
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Abstract

Aims: This study aimed to explore nursing and midwifery students’ evaluation of the clinical learning environment and mentoring and to identify distinct student profiles relating to their perceptions.

Design: This study employed a cross‐sectional design.

Settings: The study population included nursing and midwifery students in a university hospital in Finland.

Participants: All nursing and midwifery students who completed their clinical placement were invited to take part in the study in the academic year 2017–2018.

Methods: The data (N = 2,609) were gathered through an online survey using the Clinical Learning Environment, Supervision and Nurse Teacher scale. The data were analysed using a K‐mean cluster algorithm to identify nursing and midwifery students’ profiles.

Results: The findings from this study indicate four distinct profiles (A, B, C, & D) of nursing and midwifery students in relation to the clinical learning environment and mentoring. Profile A (N = 1,352) students evaluated their clinical learning environment and mentoring to the highest level (mean varied from 9.44–8.38); and Profile D (N = 151)‐ to the lowest (mean varied from 5.93–4.00).

Conclusions: The findings highlight that nursing and midwifery students evaluate their clinical learning environment and mentoring more highly when: they have a named mentor, student and mentor discuss learning goals, there is a final assessment in clinical learning, the mentor’s guidance skills support student learning, the clinical learning supports the student’s professional development and pre‐clinical teaching in an educational institution supports learning in the clinical placement.

Conclusions: Clinical learning plays an important role in nurse and midwifery education. Mentoring of clinical practice was shown to have a great influence on students’ perceptions of their success in clinical learning. We suggest that clinical practice should be strengthened by the building of collaboration between nursing teachers and registered nurses.

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Series: Journal of advanced nursing
ISSN: 0309-2402
ISSN-E: 1365-2648
ISSN-L: 0309-2402
Volume: 76
Issue: 9
Pages: 2336 - 2347
DOI: 10.1111/jan.14452
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1111/jan.14452
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
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Copyright information: © 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Saukkoriipi, M, Tuomikoski, A-M, Sivonen, P, et al. Clustering clinical learning environment and mentoring perceptions of nursing and midwifery students: A cross-sectional study. J Adv Nurs. 2020; 76: 2336– 2347, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14452. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.