Date of Award

1992

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Setter Kline

Second Advisor

Phyllis Gendler

Third Advisor

Donald Bruckman

Abstract

Clinical teaching in nursing has been found to be as problematic as it is in other practice-oriented professions. The purpose of this study is to identify student's and faculty's perceptions of effective characteristics of clinical teachers. An anonymous questionnaire was distributed to students and faculty at a university college of nursing in western Michigan to solicit their perceptions. The study data reveal both similarities and differences in their perceptions and raises awareness of how clinical teachers need to be atune with nursing student's learning needs and learning styles. Comparison of this study with the previous studies show a common direction in student and faculty perceptions of effective characteristics of clinical teachers. The comparison also shows some differences. The student and faculty groups felt characteristics of clinical teachers relating to professional competence to be the most important. The groups differed in the importance of characteristics related to relationships faculty have with students. A description of the statistical analysis is presented. Specific recommendations in relation to effective characteristics of clinical teachers are presented.

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