Background and Purpose: Training 20-year-old nursing students in pediatric nursing is not an easy task; it is much like letting older children who are not quite independent themselves care for young children and their families. The objective of this research was to explore the subjective experiences of nursing students in a pediatric practicum. Methods: Using qualitative research, we examined 10 students who had completed a practicum for pediatric nursing in their junior year of nursing school at a private university in northern Taiwan. A focus group method was used to collect data, and students were divided into 2 groups. For each group, three 90-min sessions were conducted. Data were collected in group interviews, transcribed for this thesis, and analyzed by a content analysis method of systematic coding. Results: Research results indicated that subjective experiences of university nursing students included 3 themes: adjusting to communicating with the children, dealing with professional staff and families, and expecting trust and approval from their instructors. Conclusions: This research provides the content of subjective experiences of nursing students in a pediatric practicum and discusses the compatibility and uniqueness with other clinical practicum. The results of this research can serve as a reference for nursing teachers and clinical nurses to design appropriate courses for pediatric nursing curricula.
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Dec 2009|