Clinical Nursing Preceptors' Perceptions of Effective Characteristics of Clinical Teaching: A Qualitative Study


This study aimed to explore the perceptions of clinical preceptors on effective clinical teaching. A qualitative descriptive research design was adopted and 'snowballing' sampling method used to recruit 20 clinical preceptors, 10 from Macao and 10 from Mainland China. One unstructured interviewing question was applied in data collection. A content analysis was conducted and the results sorted into five categories which included: 1) experience and expertise in the clinical field, 2) desire to take a preceptor's role, 3) teaching skills, 4) being a role model, and 5) interpersonal competence and personality traits. The findings of the study indicate that perceptions of Macao and Mainland clinical preceptors on effective characteristics of clinical teaching are similar, but to some extent different from those of western countries. Further studies are needed in order to identify the perspectives of student nurses and nursing faculty.


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