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Nursing students’ achievement emotions in association with clinical practicums and alternative learning

  • Eun Jin Kim and Young Sook Roh ORCID logo EMAIL logo



This study aimed to identify and compare nursing students’ achievement emotions associated with clinical practicums and alternative learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.


This cross-sectional, descriptive study enrolled 236 nursing students. Participants completed a web-based, self-administered survey regarding achievement emotions. Wilcoxon signed-rank tests were used to calculate mean differences in achievement emotions associated with clinical practicums and alternative learning.


Nursing students who undertook e-learning reported higher negative achievement emotions than those who experienced other alternative learning modalities. Higher achievement emotions were associated with clinical practicums than with alternative learning. The most frequently reported negative emotions were anxiety associated with clinical practicums and boredom with alternative learning.


Nurse educators should design and implement supportive clinical learning experiences to engender productive achievement emotions. Implications for an international audience: Nurse educators should play roles in providing well-designed and supportive clinical learning environments to help nursing students regulate achievement emotions.

Corresponding author: Young Sook Roh, PhD, RN, Professor, Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, 84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, 06974, Republic of Korea, Phone: +82-2-820-5978, Fax: +82-2-824-7961, Mobile: +82-10-3570-3561, E-mail:

  1. Research funding: None declared.

  2. Author contributions: All authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this manuscript and approved its submission.

  3. Competing interests: Authors state no conflict of interest.

  4. Informed consent: Informed consent was obtained from all individuals included in this study.

  5. Ethical approval: The study protocol and procedures were reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Chung-Ang University (IRB No.:1041078-202103-HR-077-01).


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Received: 2022-07-07
Accepted: 2023-01-10
Published Online: 2023-01-24

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