The Challenges of Nursing Procedures Training from the Perspective of Nursing Students: A Qualitative Study


saba farzi 1 , Fariba Haghani 2 , Sedigheh Farzi 3 , *

1 M.Sc. in Nursing, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Curriculum Planning, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education AND Medical Education Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, Iran


How to Cite: farzi S, Haghani F , Farzi S . The Challenges of Nursing Procedures Training from the Perspective of Nursing Students: A Qualitative Study, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2016 ; 12(5):e58451.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 12 (5); e58451
Published Online: February 29, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 22, 2017
Accepted: July 04, 2015




Background & Objective: In nursing, clinical education due to its importance is known as the heart of professional education. One of the skills taught in the clinical environment is nursing procedures. Studies show that even students who have complete theoretical knowledge are unable to provide care and perform the required skills at the clients’ bedside independently. Thus, the present study was carried out with the aim to reveal the problems and challenges of nursing students in nursing procedures training.

Methods: This descriptive-exploratory study was conducted with qualitative approach in 2016. The study participants consisted of 12 students from the School of Nursing. Purposive sampling was conducted until data saturation. Data were collected through interviews. All interviews were tape-recorded, handwritten, and analyzed line by line. To analyze the data, conventional content analysis was used.

Results: From the interviews, 5 main categories and 17 subcategories, which represent students' experiences of the challenges of nursing procedures training, were extracted. The categories included the transition from skill lab to practice, discrepancies between education and clinical practice, fears, practice of clinical instructor, and students’ characteristics.

Conclusion: Students are only able to perform the correct nursing procedures, when the appropriate training is provided. Considering the entrance behavior of students, attracting and employing experienced clinical teachers, and improving the learning environment can help in overcoming the obstacles expressed by students.


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