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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1846178, 7 pages
Research Article

The Challenges of Nursing Students in the Clinical Learning Environment: A Qualitative Study

1Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz 71936 13119, Iran
2School of Nursing, Fasa University of Medical Sciences, Fasa 74616 86688, Iran

Received 11 February 2016; Revised 22 April 2016; Accepted 17 May 2016

Academic Editor: Kuei R. Chou

Copyright © 2016 Nahid Jamshidi 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.


Background/Aim. Clinical learning is a main part of nursing education. Students’ exposure to clinical learning environment is one of the most important factors affecting the teaching-learning process in clinical settings. Identifying challenges of nursing students in the clinical learning environment could improve training and enhance the quality of its planning and promotion of the students. We aimed to explore Iranian nursing students’ challenges in the clinical learning environment. Materials and Methods. This is a qualitative study using the content analysis approach. The participants consisted of seventeen nursing students and three nursing instructors. The participants were selected through purposive sampling method and attended semistructured interviews and focus groups. Results. Three themes emerged after data analysis, including ineffective communications, inadequate readiness, and emotional reactions. Conclusion. Nursing students in Iran are faced with many challenges in the clinical learning environment. All challenges identified in this study affected the students’ learning in clinical setting. Therefore, we recommend that the instructors prepare students with a specific focus on their communication and psychological needs.