Community health nursing clinical teaching models practiced in undergraduate nursing programme at a private university in Pakistan

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan


Objective: To explore the perceptions and experiences of students and faculty about the modified community clinical model.
Methods: The descriptive qualitative study was conducted at a nationally-accredited Baccalaureate School of Nursing and Midwifery in Pakistan in November 2016, and comprised final year students enrolled in Advanced Concepts in Community Health Nursing course, and experienced community health nursing faculty members. Individual interviews were conducted with students while faculty members were requested to write out their reflections. On the basis of this data, codes and categories were identified which led to two broader themes; window of opportunities, and challenges in practice.
Results: Of the 17 subjects, 12 (70.6%) were students and 5(29.4%) were faculty members. All subjects were females. The window of opportunities theme had three categories: perceived comfort and safety; stakeholder's involvement and support; and open door for personal recognition and self-image. The challenges in practice theme had two categories: time consuming, and home visits. Faculty reflections highlighted the need for sustaining student-related activities within the communities.
Conclusions: The findings are suggestive of a wide range of application of the modified clinical model at undergraduate nursing education level.


JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association