Table 1: Overview of the main theme, categories, and associated subcategories.

Main theme
Being in a vulnerable and exposed position characterized by conflicting needs

Category 1Category 2Category 3Category 4

Aspects related to the clinical settingAspects related to the nurse supervisorAspects related to the studentAspect related to the student-supervisor relationship

Subcategories SubcategoriesSubcategoriesSubcategories

Feeling welcomed and waitedThe supervisor’s preparedness and expectationsThe student’s expectations and readiness to learnMutual respect and trust
A student-friendly attitude and atmosphereThe supervisor’s motivations and attitudeThe student’s competences and confidence levelAn open and inviting communication
The supervisor’s competence