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Nurse Educ Pract. 2007 Nov;7(6):407-15. Epub 2007 Apr 12.

Student nurses' experience of supervision and Mentorship in clinical practice: a cross cultural perspective.

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  • 1Department of Health Care, Turku University of Applied Sciences, PL 20, 20 701 Turku, Finland.


This paper reports a study, which explored student nurses experience in clinical practice. The aims of this study were to describe nurse education systems in clinical practice in eight nursing schools and compare the supervisory experiences of student nurses working in clinical settings. The nursing schools taking part in the study were members of the thematic european nursing network (TENN). A quantitative survey method was chosen for the method of this study. The sample (N=411) was collected using a validated research instrument from eight nursing schools participating in the TENN. The schools are located in Estonia, Belgium, Finland, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and United Kingdom. The data were collected during 2005. Although the nursing schools involved in TENN are in different development phases, however, the organisation of clinical practice is mainly similar. The percentage of clinical practice in a complete nursing programme varies from 38 to 57. Moreover, the duration of the clinical placements varies substantially across the nursing schools; from a couple weeks to 34 weeks. Students in this study evaluated their supervision experience positively. In three schools group or team supervision is the most common model. In the clinical placements where the pedagogical activities of staff nurses are notable, is a clear tendency towards a Mentorship model. However, approximately 10% of respondents perceived some practical problems in the organisation of Mentorship. Students' total satisfaction was observed to link with crucial variables but only connection with the variable Occurrence of supervision was statistically significant (p=0.000).

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