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Exploring the experiences and expectations of year 1 children's nursing students.

Wright, Jackie; Wray, Jane


Jackie Wright

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Dr Jane Wray
Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor National Preceptorship Programme for England


Attrition among children's nursing students remains high despite the field of practice attracting large numbers of applicants. While previous studies have examined nursing students as a group, this study specifically examines the children's nursing student experience. To explore the expectations and early experiences of children's nursing students. A phenomenological approach was adopted. Four focus groups were conducted at the beginning and end of the first year of a three-year programme. The students defined children's nursing by the age and needs of the client group. They had expected practice experience would solely be within the acute setting. The acquisition and confidence in undertaking psychomotor skills was of importance to this group of students. The students' unmet expectations may have a negative effect on their experience of the programme and therefore potentially on their decision to continue on the programme.


Wright, J., & Wray, J. (2012). Exploring the experiences and expectations of year 1 children's nursing students. Nursing Children and Young People, 24(4), 24-28.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 2, 2011
Publication Date May 9, 2012
Deposit Date Apr 5, 2022
Journal Nursing children and young people
Print ISSN 2046-2336
Publisher RCN Publishing (RCNi)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Pages 24-28
Keywords Attrition; Children’s nursing students; Education; Experiences; Expectations; Students; Universities
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