Title

Problems encountered by student nurses and their implication on patient care

Date of Completion

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Patient Care, Nurses

Abstract

The study utilized a descriptive, quantitative type of research. Purposive sampling technique was used in selecting the 95 respondents who are 4th year nursing students of De La Salle University Health Sciences Campus Batch 2004 and had their clinical exposure in different areas of De La Salle University Medical Center as well as other hospitals and institutions where the school is affiliated. The data gathering instrument used was a 30-item self-made questionnaire. It was a formulated checklist type of questionnaire, which was subjected for critique and validity and reliability testing prior to data gathering. The statistical treatments used were, percentage, mean and f-test. The conclusions of the study were as follows: 1) Most of the respondents belonged to the P30,001.00 and above family income per month group and with the ordinal position belonging to the third child group; 2) The common personal problems encountered by student nurses Batch 2004 were inability to concentrate due to inadequate sleep, pre-occupied mind and others while the common interpersonal problem includes having a dominant or bossy-type team leader or group mate. The common academic problem of the respondents was having inadequate knowledge on the pathophysiology of the patient's disease or illness. The common clinical experience-related problem was difficulty in adjusting time in order to manage activities; 3) The extent of implication on patient care of the personal problems encountered by student nurses is mild. Specifically, the personal problem area with the highest extent of implication on patient care was inability to concentrate due to inadequate sleep, pre-occupied mind and others; 4) There is a significant difference on the personal problems encountered by student nurses when they were grouped according to family income. On the other hand, there is no significant difference noted in the interpersonal, academic and clinical experience-related problems when they were grouped according to family income. There is no significant difference on the problems encountered by student nurses when they were grouped according to ordinal position; 5) There is no significant difference in the extent of implication on patient care of the problems encountered by student nurses when they were grouped according to family income and ordinal position.

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