International nursing students and what impacts their clinical learning: Literature review

Kay Edgecombe, Michele Jennings, Margaret Bowden

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    This paper reviews the sparse literature about international nursing students' clinical learning experiences, and also draws on the literature about international higher education students' learning experiences across disciplines as well as nursing students' experiences when undertaking international clinical placements.The paper aims to identify factors that may impact international nursing students' clinical learning with a view to initiating further research into these students' attributes and how to work with these to enhance the students' clinical learning.Issues commonly cited as affecting international students are socialisation, communication, culture, relationships, and unmet expectations and aspirations. International student attributes tend to be included by implication rather than as part of the literature's focus.The review concludes that recognition and valuing of international nursing students' attributes in academic and clinical contexts are needed to facilitate effective strategies to support their clinical practice in new environments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)138-142
    Number of pages5
    JournalNurse Education Today
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


    • Clinical education
    • Clinical learning
    • International nursing students
    • Literature review


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