Research Article
Volume 3 Issue 9 - 2021
Teachers' Role as Guidance in Nursing Internship Practical Training
Lasse Tervajärvi1* and Tuula-Maria Rintala2
1Senior Lecturer, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland
2Principal Lecturer, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland
*Corresponding Author: Lasse Tervajärvi, Senior Lecturer, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
Received: July 03, 2021; Published: August 30, 2021


Background: Healthcare training includes supervised practical training regulated by an EU directive. The internship allows the student to become acquainted with future work tasks under supervision. The internship gives the student the opportunity to utilize and apply the theory he or she has learned in practical work. One important element of the internship is the student's reflective reflection on one’s skills. The guiding teacher often plays an important role in the success of the reflection.

Methods: This study was carried out by sending a questionnaire to nursing teachers in universities of applied sciences and upper secondary schools. The questionnaire was sent to the open network of nursing teachers and answering it was voluntary. The questionnaire consisted of open-ended questions to find out how teachers see the role of the guiding teacher during the practical training. The responses were analyzed by content analysis.

Results: In their answers, teachers emphasize cooperation with the actors in the internship. They felt it was important they could support the instructors and help solve problems concerning the student. Teachers also point out that they play a role in initiating students' reflective reflection.

Conclusion: The role of teachers in guiding practice is important in many ways; they are responsible for co-operation between different actors and for supervising the realization of the student's goals. In addition, the teacher knows the students and can help them and the instructor in problematic situations.

Keywords: Clinical Training; Nurse Education; Supervising Teacher


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Citation: Lasse Tervajärvi and Tuula-Maria Rintala. “Teachers' Role as Guidance in Nursing Internship Practical Training”. EC Nursing and Healthcare 3.9 (2021): 36-42.

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