The relationship between student nurse and nurse clinician: Impact on student learning

Vallant, Sharon and Neville, Stephen (2006) The relationship between student nurse and nurse clinician: Impact on student learning. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 22 3: 23-33.

Author Vallant, Sharon
Neville, Stephen
Title The relationship between student nurse and nurse clinician: Impact on student learning
Journal name Nursing Praxis in New Zealand   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0112-7438
Publication date 2006-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 23
End page 33
Total pages 11
Place of publication Palmerston North, New Zealand
Publisher Nursing Praxis in N.Z.
Language eng
Abstract Student nurse learning within a clinical environment is an essential component of Bachelor of Nursing curricula in New Zealand. During clinical experiences, student nurses rely on nurse clinicians for day-to-day facilitation of their learning. The purpose of this descriptive interpretive study was to explore relationships between student nurses and nurse clinicians. Eleven student nurses at the end of a three year Bachelor of Nursing programme in one institution participated in focus group interviews. Data gathered from the three focus groups were analysed using an inductive approach. Five categories, namely ‘being invisible in the relationship’, ‘not stepping on toes’, ‘lost opportunities for learning’, ‘nurturance’ and ‘reciprocity’ emerged from data analysis. These are presented with appropriate quotes to demonstrate the essence of participant experiences. Findings indicated that when students experienced relationships with clinicians as not being positive, this inhibited learning. Conversely, when students saw the clinician as participating actively and positively in the student/clinician relationship then student learning was enhanced. This evidence forms the basis for recommending further complementary research into the clinician’s attitudes and perceptions related to their teaching role
Keyword Preceptorship
Clinical learning
Nursing practice
Nursing education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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