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Swedish nursing students' transition into nursing during education
Mälardalens högskola.
1998 (English)In: Western Journal of Nursing Research, ISSN 0193-9459, E-ISSN 1552-8456, Vol. 20, no 5, 605-623 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The transition from student to nurse involves the influence of several different educational aspects. The aim of this study is to elucidate the transition to the role of a nurse, which Swedish nursing students underwent during their 3 years in nursing education, as described from the perspective of their experiences with elderly patients. Interviews were conducted with the students at the end of each academic year, and the students wrote diaries about their clinical education in the second and third years. The narratives were analyzed with a phenomenological-hermeneutic method, and six themes appeared vital for the transition into nursing. The study implies a continuous process during education, involving many aspects of the transition from a student with a genuine and natural interest to care for others to a registered nurse ready to take up her first position. Cooperation with other team members had a strong influence on the students.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1998. Vol. 20, no 5, 605-623 p.
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-34PubMedID: 9775741OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-34DiVA: diva2:315046
Available from: 2010-04-28 Created: 2010-04-28 Last updated: 2012-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Nursing students' narrated, lived experiences of caring, education and the transition into nursing, focusing on care of the elderly
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nursing students' narrated, lived experiences of caring, education and the transition into nursing, focusing on care of the elderly
1998 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this longitudinal research project was to elucidate and reach an understanding of influencing aspects on nursing students' choice of future work area as newly graduated nurses. The influencing aspects should be affiliated with the three-year education, the students' transition into nursing and the care of the elderly. The first study (I) concerned the amount of projected education in gerontology and geriatrics in 30 colleges of nursing and health, and the result showed a variety between colleges. Newly admitted nursing students in three colleges responded to a questionnaire. A majority of the students preferred to work in the emergency care, rather than elder care, after graduation. Phenomenological analyses of one interview theme, after one year (II), gave two phenomena; patients' helplessness and identification/nonidentification of the individual patient. Phenomenological hermeneutic analyses were carried out on all interviews and diaries provided from the three years (III-V). The findings (III) show that the rneaning of caring for elderly patients was a process from naive caring via deeper relationships with patients to an organizational perspective. The transition into nursing (IV) meant for the students a process from a natural interest in caring to the perspective of an RN, where co-operation with team members had a strong influence. The students' experiences of theoretical and clinical elder care were not positive, which meant that their reluctance to work there was reinforced (V). Content analyses about students' reasoning regarding two fictitious elderly patient cases (Vl) showed a development in reasoning in a more acute oriented case but not in a case with a confused elderly patient. Conclusions drawn imply that both the theoretical and the clinical education in gerontology and geriatrics need to be strengthened.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Norstedt, 1998. 97 p.
Keyword
nursing students, elder care, longitudinal study, caring, transition into nursing, nursing education
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-1818 (URN)91-628-2894-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
1998-04-03, Aulan, sal Adam, Doktorsringen 12 A, Karolinska Institutet., Solna, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2012-12-06 Created: 2012-12-06 Last updated: 2012-12-06Bibliographically approved

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