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Karjalainen, K., Juntunen, J., Kuivila, H.-M., Tuomikoski, A.-M., Kääriäinen, M., & Mikkonen, K. (2022). Healthcare educators’ experiences of challenging situations with their students during clinical practice: A qualitative study. Nordic Journal of Nursing Research, 42(1), 51–58.

Healthcare educators’ experiences of challenging situations with their students during clinical practice : a qualitative study

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Author: Karjalainen, Kati1; Juntunen, Jonna1; Kuivila, Heli-Maria1;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Oulu University of Applied Science, Oulu, Finland
3Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-01-10


During clinical practice, students become acquainted with the key work tasks associated with their professions. Students need more support from healthcare educators during clinical practice learning, particularly in challenging situations. This study aimed to describe healthcare educators’ experiences of challenging situations during clinical practice placements. A qualitative study design was used to collect data through interviews with ten healthcare educators from two higher education institutions. The data were analyzed with inductive content analysis. The SRQR reporting guidelines were used to improve the transparency of the study. Educator reactions commonly involved emotional, goal-oriented and pedagogical support towards their students. The interviewed educators felt that mentors — when facing a challenging situation during clinical practice — are tasked with creating an atmosphere that supports student learning. Students faced challenges that were related to self-evaluation, goal-oriented activities, and their attitudes towards feedback. The building of a safe clinical learning environment involves collaboration between students, their clinical mentors and educators.

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Series: Nordic journal of nursing research
ISSN: 2057-1585
ISSN-E: 2057-1593
ISSN-L: 2057-1585
Volume: 42
Issue: 1
Pages: 51 - 58
DOI: 10.1177/2057158521995432
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Funding: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
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