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Realising the dream of becoming a nurse: underrepresented BSc nursing students experiences

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dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Brid
dc.contributor.author Graham, Margaret M.
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Deirdre
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-09T11:29:35Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6139
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: This paper describes the experiences of underrepresented BSc nursing students in realising the dream of becoming a nurse in one university. In the past ten years, pre-registration nurse education has become established within higher education in Ireland. This development includes promoting access and inclusion of students from traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education. A third of nursing students currently access places on programmes through routes specifically designed for underrepresented groups.Methods: A qualitative descriptive study design provided an opportunity for student voices to be heard. Ethical approval was sought and granted. Eleven students were interviewed nearing completion of a four year BSc Nursing programme. Data analysis followed a thematic approach, in generating themes.Findings: Three themes emerged from the data: taking the first steps; finding a way and getting through. Findings highlight participants' challenges in balancing study, clinical practice and family life in achieving and realising their dream of becoming a nurse.Conclusion: This study illustrates the nature and complexities of participants' experiences throughout the BSc Nursing programmes towards becoming university graduates, eligible for registration as a nurse. Students from underrepresented groups bring rich and diverse life experiences in preparation for and becoming caring practitioners. It highlights the individuality within participants experiences and draws attention to the value of personalised support for students. An opportunity to encourage the development of emotional intelligence needs to be fostered within nurse education programmes. Creating positive learning environments is critical to supporting student understanding of compassionate patient centred care. Findings have relevance for global curriculum design and structures to support individual student centred engagement. Further research is required to consider how best to support students from underrepresented groups. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Nurse Education Today;54, pp. 1-5
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.04.010
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Nurse Education Today. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Nurse Education Today, 2017, 54, pp. 1-5 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.04.010 en_US
dc.subject student nurses en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.subject underrepresented en_US
dc.subject nursing programmes en_US
dc.title Realising the dream of becoming a nurse: underrepresented BSc nursing students experiences en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-10-09T11:22:57Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.nedt.2017.04.010
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2018-07-31
dc.embargo.terms 2018-07-31 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2718061
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Nurse education today
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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