The Open Nursing Journal




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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Investigating Learning Challenges from the Perspective of Nursing Students and Educators at a University in Casablanca, Morocco



Rachid Gouifrane1, 2, *, Halima Lajane1, Said Benmokhtar1, Fatima Dehbi2, Mohamed Radid1
1 Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Materials, Ben M’Sik Faculty of Sciences, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco
2 Faculty of Health Sciences and Techniques, Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences, Casablanca, Morocco

Abstract

Background:

Whether in an academic or clinical setting, many students often consider nursing studies to be difficult. Identifying learning challenges could help to improve the quality of the training and students’ skills.

Objective:

This study aimed to identify the main learning challenges of nursing students.

Methods:

The study utilised a two-phase mixed methods design. First, a focus group discussion with nine teachers and tutors was conducted to explore the learning challenges observed by staff. Then, based on the results, a questionnaire was developed for 54 students to explore and estimate the frequency of learning challenges perceived by them.

Results:

The data analysis confirmed 15 major learning challenges, including cognitive challenges, consisting of theoretical gaps, and challenges related to clinical reasoning, and non-cognitive procedural and behavioural challenges. Challenges related to clinical reasoning, such as the difficulty in developing care plans (100%) and choosing care actions (90.2%), remain the most frequent regardless of the level of study.

Conclusion:

Supervisors should consider students’ learning challenges when designing, developing and implementing their educational interventions.

Keywords: Learning challenges, Clinical reasoning, Theoretical gaps, Procedural challenge, Behavioural challenges, Nursing students, Nursing education.


Article Information


Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2020
Volume: 14
First Page: 109
Last Page: 119
Publisher Id: TONURSJ-14-109
DOI: 10.2174/1874434602014010109

Article History:

Received Date: 22/01/2020
Revision Received Date: 10/05/2020
Acceptance Date: 11/05/2020
Electronic publication date: 29/06/2020
Collection year: 2020

© 2020 Gouifrane et al.

open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0), a copy of which is available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode. This license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


* Address correspondence to this author at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Materials, Ben M’Sik Faculty of Sciences, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco; Tel: +212678704047; E-mail: rachid.gouifrane@gmail.com



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