Student perceptions of effective nurse educators in clinical practice
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Student perceptions of effective nurse educators in clinical practice

Nancy Matthew-Maich Professor, Department of Nursing, Mohawk College
Lynn Martin Assistant professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University
Rosemary Ackerman-Rainville Professor, Department of Nursing, Mohawk College
Cynthia Hammond Professor, Department of Nursing, Mohawk College
Amy Palma Assistant professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University
Darlene Sheremet Professor, Department of Nursing, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Canada
Rose Stone Professor, Department of Nursing, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Canada

Aim To explore baccalaureate nursing student perceptions of what makes an effective nurse educator in the clinical practice setting and the influence of effective teaching on student experiences.

Method Online surveys (n=511) and focus groups (n=7) were completed by nursing students enrolled in all four years of the baccalaureate programme. Data were analysed using content analysis.

Findings Participants indicated that effective teachers foster positive experiences, motivation, meaningful learning and success. They were perceived to be prepared, person-centred, professional, passionate and positive, and to prepare students for success using active strategies. They adjusted to meet individual students’ needs at each level of the programme.

Conclusion Important characteristics and factors in effective clinical teaching were identified. These may be used to develop effective clinical teaching initiatives.

Correspondence nancy.maich@mohawkcollege.ca

Nursing Standard. 29, 34,45-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.34.45.e9640

Received: 26 September 2014

Accepted: 09 December 2014

Published in print: 22 April 2015

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review