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South Korean nursing students' experiences of clinical practice in the newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care unit: A phenomenological study

Child Health Nursing Research 2021년 27권 1호 p.3 ~ 12
심인옥, 배옥연, 김태훈,
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심인옥 ( Sim In-Ok ) - Chung-Ang University Red Cross College of Nursing
배옥연 ( Bae Ok-Yeon ) - Sahmyook Health University School of Nursing
김태훈 ( Kim Tae-Hoon ) - Chung-Ang University Red Cross College of Nursing

Abstract


Purpose: While clinical practice is crucial for nursing students to acquire the skills needed to provide professional, high-quality nursing care, further studies on improving undergraduate nursing programs are needed to provide a supportive clinical learning environment for student nurses. This study aimed to understand nursing students' clinical experiences in newborn nurseries and neonatal intensive care units and to provide basic data for the establishment of strategies to promote effective clinical education.

Methods: Interviews were held with 15 nursing students at J University who had clinical practice experience in the newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care unit. The collected data were analyzed using the phenomenological analysis method developed by Colaizzi (1978).

Results: The nursing students' experiences were grouped into four categories: “expectations for and anxiety about clinical practice", "acquisition of a wide range of knowledge regarding neonatal nursing", "challenges faced in clinical practice", and "experiencing interpersonal changes".

Conclusion: The current neonatal practice nursing education system provides students with positive learning experiences. However, the lack of practice opportunities, insufficient instruction, and the theory-practice gap were identified as major issues hindering students' learning needs. These study results are expected to provide basic data for curriculum development to improve undergraduate nursing education.

키워드

Nursing student; Education, nursing; Infant, newborn; Intensive care, neonatal

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