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
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.
This study aimed to identify the main learning challenges of nursing students.
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.
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.
Supervisors should consider students’ learning challenges when designing, developing and implementing their educational interventions.
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