A qualitative exploration of undergraduate nursing students’ experience of emotional safety for learning during their clinical practice

Alison Steven*, Silvia Rossi, Nicoletta Dasso, Francesca Napolitano, Alessandro Grosso, Silvia Villa, Giuseppe Aleo, Gianluca Catania, Loredana Sasso, Milko Zanini, Annamaria Bagnasco

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Abstract

Background

During their clinical practice, nursing students learn to manage patient safety through their experiences, emotions, and interpersonal relationships.

Objectives

To explore contextual and mechanistic factors that facilitate a sense of emotional safety for learning in nursing students, particularly regarding patient safety events experienced during their placements.

Design

A descriptive qualitative study using narratives and thematic analysis.

Settings

A university in Northern Italy.

Participants

Undergraduate nursing students recruited through purposive sampling.

Methods

Twenty cases relevant to the present study were selected from the “Sharing LearnIng from Practice for Patient Safety” (SLIPPS) project database containing 100 narratives collected using the patient safety learning Event Recording Tool. The data were analysed using thematic analysis according to Braun & Clarke's methodology. The themes that emerged from the thematic analysis were rearranged in Context-Mechanism-Outcomes.

Results

Students identified clinical practice experiences as important occasions for their personal and professional development. Emotional safety and tutoring were the elements that effectively “govern” the students' learning and development process.

Conclusions

Emotional safety is key for nursing students because it enables them to constructively overcome any relational and emotional tensions that may develop during their clinical placements.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105673
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume121
Early online date30 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Nov 2022

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