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J Holist Nurs. 2013 Mar;31(1):19-24. doi: 10.1177/0898010112462067. Epub 2012 Oct 11.

Nursing student anxiety as a context for teaching/learning.

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Capital University, OH, USA. terrilynnhutch@yahoo.com

Abstract

Experiential learning in nursing programs includes role-play, simulation, and live clinical experiences. Anxiety levels can heighten during experiential learning as students attempt to gain psychomotor skills and transfer knowledge into critical thinking. Nursing students may experience anxiety that can interfere with learning and critical thinking. However, the presence of student anxiety can be used to initiate a purposeful caring transaction between nursing faculty and student. The caring transaction is a way for faculty to model both caring and presence, create experiential learning of caring by students, and lead students to initiate self-care interventions to manage anxiety through the nursing program and beyond. Multiple learning outcomes can be achieved as the students integrate faculty-modeled concepts of caring and presence into simulated or real clinical situations, reduce or manage their anxiety, and improve their clinical judgment and critical thinking skills.

PMID:
23065057
DOI:
10.1177/0898010112462067
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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