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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 161359, 7 pages
Research Article

Nursing Challenges in Motivating Nursing Students through Clinical Education: A Grounded Theory Study

1Tehran Nursing and Midwifery school, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Tahran, Iran
2School of Zanjan Nursing and Midwifery, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences (ZUMS), Zanjan, Iran
3Center for Educational Research in Medical Sciences (CERM), Tahran 141973371, Iran

Received 8 March 2012; Accepted 11 June 2012

Academic Editor: Maria Helena Palucci Marziale

Copyright © 2012 Hanifi Nasrin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Nurses are the first role models for students in clinical settings. They can have a significant role on students’ motivation. The purpose of this study was to explore the understanding of nursing students and instructors concerning the role of nurses in motivating nursing students through clinical education. The sampling was first started purposefully and continued with theoretical sampling. The study collected qualitative data through semistructured and interactive interviews with 16 nursing students and 4 nursing instructors. All interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using grounded theory approach. One important pattern emerged in this study was the “concerns of becoming a nurse,” which itself consisted of three categories: “nurses clinical competency,” “nurses as full-scale mirror of the future,” and “Monitoring and modeling through clinical education” (as the core variable). The findings showed that the nurses’ manners of performance as well as the profession’s prospect have a fundamental role in the process of formation of motivation through clinical education. Students find an insight into the nursing profession by substituting themselves in the place of a nurse, and as result, are or are not motivated towards the clinical education.