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Title: The impact and importance of clinical learning experience in supporting nursing students in end-of-life care : cluster analysis
Authors: Chow, SKY 
Wong, LTW
Chan, YK
Chung, TY
Keywords: Attitude
Clinical experience
End-of-life care
Perceived competency
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Source: Nurse education in practice, 2014, v. 14, no. 5, p. 532-537 How to cite?
Journal: Nurse Education in Practice 
Abstract: Background: Nursing students are often expected to provide end-of-life care to patients during clinical practice. Little research has been conducted to examine the heterogeneity of the students and how learning outcomes are affected by their education experience and other demographic factors. Aim: The aim of this study was to identify and compare groups of nursing students based on their demographics, clinical experience, knowledge, perceived competency, and attitude towards end-of-life care. Method: A group of 253 nursing students was asked to complete a cross-sectional survey to explore their clinical experience, knowledge, attitude, and perceived competency towards end-of-life care. Cluster analysis was used to determine whether specific groups of students could be identified within the study cohort. Results: Three distinct clusters were identified. Students from the three clusters showed no significant differences in end-of-life knowledge. Significant differences were identified in clinical experience amongst the three clusters and in attitude and perceived competency within the clusters. The cluster of students that had greater clinical experience demonstrated higher perceived competency and a more positive attitude towards end-of-life care. Conclusion: Clinical experience was found to be crucial in enhancing the perceived competency and attitude of nursing students in end-of-life care.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/33485
ISSN: 1471-5953
DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.05.006
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