Registered nurses experiences supervising international nursing students in the clinical setting

Louise Newton, Leeanne Pront, Tracey Giles

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    Abstract

    Background: Clinical experience exposes nursing students to the realities of professional practice and opportunities to integrate theory with practice. Increasing multiculturalism in Australia means that approximately 27% of students studying in Australian universities originate from overseas. Yet there is a paucity of literature examining the experiences of Registered Nurses charged with their clinical supervision. Aim: To examine the experiences of Registered Nurses who supervise undergraduate international nursing students in the clinical setting. Design and methods: A qualitative holistic case study approach was employed to achieve the study aims. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were undertaken with six Registered Nurses. Findings: Thematic analysis elicited four main themes representative of Registered Nurses’ experiences supervising international students: (1) communication, (2) the role of supervision of international nursing students, (3) language and culture, and (4) supervisors’ perceptions of responsibility. Conclusions: Participants provided valuable insight into the role of supervision of international students in the clinical environment. Suggestions for improved communication between healthcare and educational organisations and increased support for supervising Registered Nurses were made. Specifically, training regarding different linguistic and cultural issues was suggested.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)533-540
    Number of pages8
    JournalCollegian
    Volume25
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

    Keywords

    • Communication
    • Nursing education
    • Nursing practice issues
    • Nursing process
    • Student
    • Student education

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