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Accepting the role of clinical instructor by PhD graduates of nursing: A qualitative study

Authors: Usef Haghighi Moghadam, Foroozan Atashzadeh-Shooride*, Abbas Abbaszadeh and Aram feizi

Int J Med Res Health Sci.458-466 | pdf PDF Full Text

The importance of accepting the role as a key phenomenon in mental health of people, job satisfaction and desire to
develop the qualitative and quantitative services have been known since a long time ago. PhD graduates of nursing
have a key role in the qualitative and quantitative development of clinical nursing education but they earn no
clinical skills in their courses. The present study has been conducted aimed to understand the experience of
accepting the role of clinical instructor by this group of graduates. This study is a qualitative description which was
conducted in order to get a rich and deep understanding of nurses’ experiences in the field of acceptance of their
roles as clinical instructors. Face to face and semi-structured interviews and a total of 19 interviews with
participants were implemented to reach the complete saturation of data. The Conventional Content Analysis method
was used in this study to collect and analyze data. Three main themes were identified in this study which were
included: challenge of excellence, need to obtain professional identity and intelligent management. The experiences
of participants suggested the use of intelligent management in the form of making professional authority or being
away from practice in the rout of their role as the clinical instructor. According to this study, revision of curriculum
content of PhD course of nursing and supporting the graduates and developing the clinical status seem necessary.

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