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Misperceptions: A Qualitative Study

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Kilstoff and Rochester (2004) discussed misperceptions ENs may have regarding the role of the RN and how this impacted on their transition to clinical practice. How these misperceptions affected EN–BN students’ understanding of the learning and teaching strategies utilised in the BN and their development of a sense of purpose was delineated through this present study. Rapley et al. (2006) also highlighted the increased expectations placed upon EN–BN students during clinical placement, and Hylton (2005) discussed how ENs lose a sense of professional identity when assuming the role of BN student. This present study further explored these issues by delineating how participants maintained a dual identity and how this impacted upon their experience
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