Nursing Student Experiences

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Through personal student interviews, the phenomenon of undergraduate nursing students' experiences in the context of communicating the psychiatric patients was described. This pilot study suggests that one cannot fully understand the breadth and depth of this experience until one has lived the experience. This section reflects the findings of this pilot study in accordance with existing literature as previously reported. Practical implications for nursing within education and limitations will be discussed and will conclude with suggestions for future research.
Literature review in relation to the findings. Some findings of this study replicate what has already been revealed in the literature, with regards to the topic of the undergraduate
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Therefore, decreasing nursing students' anxiety should be facilitated by nursing educators and nursing staff who have knowledge of expected patient behaviors. Kanerva et al. (2105) concluded that theoretical knowledge promotes positive feelings towards psychiatric patients. Learning of therapeutic communication skills like active listening, restating, eye contact, using open-ended questions, and being non-judgmental is essential for undergraduate nursing students (Abdolrahimi et al., 2017). Nursing students in this study suggested that the psychiatric patients are normal people and innocent persons. This result confirms that nursing students had positive feelings towards psychiatric patients after the mental health nursing practicum. By the end of the course, students could develop sufficient knowledge and skills so that they could efficiently communicate the psychiatric patients. Similar to the findings in this pilot study, the research by Hung et al. (2009) pointed out that after completing the clinical practicum, most students specifically reported having lost the attitude of stigmatizing mental patients and spoke about their efforts to regard them as normal individuals.
Along with theoretical education, practical experience in a variety of mental health settings enhances the students’
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