Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
In This Section

International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Ed. by Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne / Babenko-Mould, Yolanda / Goldenberg, Dolly / Cragg, Betty / Maltby, Hendrika J. / McWilliam, Carol

1 Issue per year


CiteScore 2016: 1.00

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.468
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.439

Online
ISSN
1548-923X
See all formats and pricing
In This Section

Views on Unsafe Nursing Students in Clinical Learning

Laura A Killam
  • 1Laurentian University,
/ Phyllis Montgomery
  • 2Laurentian University,
/ Florence Loyce Luhanga
  • 3Laurentian University,
/ Peter Adamic
  • 4Laurentian University,
/ Lorraine M Carter
  • 5Laurentian University,
Published Online: 2010-10-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1548-923X.2026

Clinical education is a cornerstone of undergraduate nursing education programs. Although protecting patient safety in clinical learning experiences is a standard of practice, no standard definition of the “unsafe” student exists. The purpose of this study was to describe the viewpoints of undergraduate student nurses and their clinical educators about unsafe clinical student practices. Using Q methodology, 57 students and 14 clinical educators sorted 39 unsafe student practice statements. These statements were generated from an integrated review of nursing and related literature and two undergraduate student focus groups. The use of centroid factor analysis with varimax rotation produced three dimensions of unsafe student practices. An unsafe student was characterized by his/her Compromised Professional Accountability, Incomplete Praxis, and Clinical Disengagement. A shared attribute among these three features was violated professional integrity. While students’ affective, cognitive, and praxis competencies were priority elements in the conceptualization of unsafe student practice, this study also identified the salient role of educators as active participants in preparation of safe practitioners.

Keywords: unsafe student; clinical education; undergraduate nursing education; Q methodology

About the article

Published Online: 2010-10-13



Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1548-923X.2026. Export Citation

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

[2]
Jane B. Paige
Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 2014, Volume 10, Number 12, Page 639
[3]
Steven R. Brown, Stentor Danielson, and Job van Exel
Quality & Quantity, 2015, Volume 49, Number 2, Page 523
[4]
Lorretta C. Krautscheid
Journal of Professional Nursing, 2014, Volume 30, Number 1, Page 43
[5]
Jarl K. Kampen and Peter Tamás
Quality & Quantity, 2014, Volume 48, Number 6, Page 3109
[6]
Amy J. Chaffin and Cathy Adams
Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 2013, Volume 9, Number 8, Page e293
[7]
Laura A. Killam, Sharolyn Mossey, Phyllis Montgomery, and Katherine E. Timmermans
Nurse Education Today, 2013, Volume 33, Number 5, Page 475
[8]
Sharolyn Mossey, Phyllis Montgomery, June M. Raymond, and Laura A. Killam
Journal of Nursing Education, 2012, Volume 51, Number 5, Page 245
[9]
Laura A. Killam, Florence Luhanga, and Debra Bakker
Journal of Nursing Education, 2011, Volume 50, Number 8, Page 437
[10]
MARTHA L. TANICALA, BARBARA K. SCHEFFER, and MELINA S. ROBERTS
Nursing Education Perspectives, 2011, Volume 32, Number 3, Page 155

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in