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Nurse Educ Today ; 75: 13-21, 2019 Apr.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30669021


BACKGROUND: Effective performance of clinical handovers should be one of the priorities of nursing education to promote efficient communication skills and ensure patient safety. However, to date, no studies have explored to what extent nursing students are involved in handovers. OBJECTIVE: To explore nursing students' handover involvement during their clinical rotations and associated factors. METHOD: This was a secondary analysis of a large national cross-sectional study that involved 9607 undergraduate nursing students in 27 universities across 95 three-year Italian baccalaureate nursing programs. The involvement in the clinical handovers was the end point (from 0, never, to 3, always). A path analysis was performed to identify variables directly and indirectly affecting students' handover involvement. RESULTS: Handover involvement was reported as 'only a little', 'to some extent', and 'always' by 1739 (18.1%), 2939 (30.6%), and 4180 (43.5%) students, respectively; only 749 (7.8%) of students reported never being involved. At the path analysis explaining the 19.1% of variance of nursing students' involvement, some variables emerged that directly increased the likelihood of being involved in handovers. These were being female (ß = 0.115, p < 0.001); having children (ß = 0.107, p = 0.011); being a 3rd-year student (ß = 0.142, p < 0.001) and being a 2nd-year student as compared to a 1st-year student (ß = 0.050, p = 0.036); and having a longer clinical rotation (ß = 0.015, p < 0.001) in units with high 'quality of the learning environment' (ß = 0.279, p < 0.001). Moreover, students who were supervised by the nurse teacher (ß = -0.279, p < 0.001), or by a nurse on a daily basis (ß = -0.253, p = 0.004), or by the staff (ß = -0.190, p < 0.001) reported being less involved in handovers as compared to those students supervised by a clinical nurse. Variables with indirect effects also emerged (model of student's supervision adopted at the unit level, and number of previous clinical rotations attended by students). Moreover, handover involvement explained 11.5% of students self-reported degree of competences learned during the clinical experience. CONCLUSIONS: Limiting students' opportunity to be involved in handover can prevent the development of communication skills and the professional socialization processes. Strategies at different levels are needed to promote handover among undergraduate nursing students.

Pase de Guardia/estadística & datos numéricos , Preceptoría/métodos , Estudiantes de Enfermería/estadística & datos numéricos , Estudios Transversales , Bachillerato en Enfermería/métodos , Bachillerato en Enfermería/estadística & datos numéricos , Femenino , Humanos , Masculino , Preceptoría/estadística & datos numéricos , Encuestas y Cuestionarios , Adulto Joven
Worldviews Evid Based Nurs ; 15(6): 480-490, 2018 Dec.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30328676


BACKGROUND: Easy-to-access tools have been demonstrated to improve evidence-based practice (EBP) competences among nursing students. However, students' perception of access to EBP tools (e.g., clinical practice guidelines [CPGs], protocols) is unknown. AIMS: To explore: (1) nursing students' opportunity to access EBP tools during their education, and (2) associated factors. METHODS: A national cross-sectional study including all Italian nursing programs. Nursing students were deemed eligible according to the following inclusion criteria: Those who (1) were attending or just ended their practical rotation lasting at least 2 weeks at the time of the survey, and (2) expressed through written informed consent their willingness to take part in the study. Participants were asked about their perceived opportunity to access EBP tools during their most recent clinical learning experience (from 0 - not at all to 3 - always). A set of explanatory variables was collected at the individual, nursing program, and regional levels by using a questionnaire. RESULTS: Nine thousand six hundred and seven (91.6%) out of 10,480 nursing students took part in the study. Overall, 4,376 (45.6%) students perceived not at all or only a small opportunity to access EBP tools during their most recent clinical rotation. In the multilevel analysis, factors promoting access were mainly set at the clinical learning environment level (high safety and nursing care quality, high self-directed learning opportunities, high quality of the learning environment, and being supervised by a clinical nurse). In contrast, male gender and lower academic class were associated with a lower perception of accessibility to EBP tools. A consistent variability in the perceived opportunity to access EBP tools emerged across regions. LINKING EVIDENCE TO ACTION: Evidence-based decision-making is increasingly expected from nurses. Therefore, nursing faculties should safeguard and continuously improve students' competence regarding EBP, by implementing strategies mainly at the nursing program and regional levels.

Curriculum/normas , Percepción , Estudiantes de Enfermería/psicología , Adulto , Estudios Transversales , Bachillerato en Enfermería/métodos , Bachillerato en Enfermería/normas , Práctica Clínica Basada en la Evidencia , Femenino , Humanos , Italia , Masculino , Encuestas y Cuestionarios
Assist Inferm Ric ; 36(1): 41-50, 2017.
Artículo en Italiano | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28398391


. The Clinical Learning Quality Evaluation Index for nursing students. INTRODUCTION: The Italian nursing programs, the need to introduce tools evaluating the quality of the clinical learning as perceived by nursing students. Several tools already exist, however, several limitations suggesting the need to develop a new tool. AIM: A national project aimed at developing and validating a new instrument capable of measuring the clinical learning quality as experience by nursing students. METHODS: A validation study design was undertaken from 2015 to 2016. All nursing national programs (n=43) were invited to participate by including all nursing students attending regularly their clinical learning. The tool developed based upon a) literature, b) validated tools already established among other healthcare professionals, and c) consensus expressed by experts and nursing students, was administered to the eligible students. RESULTS: 9606 nursing in 27 universities (62.8%) participated. The psychometric properties of the new instrument ranged from good to excellent. According to the findings, the tool consists in 22 items and five factors: a) quality of the tutorial strategies, b) learning opportunities; c) safety and nursing care quality; d) self-direct learning; e) quality of the learning environment. CONCLUSIONS: The tool is already used. Its systematic adoption may support comparison among settings and across different programs; moreover, the tool may also support in accrediting new settings as well as in measuring the effects of strategies aimed at improving the quality of the clinical learning.

Competencia Clínica/normas , Educación en Enfermería/normas , Aprendizaje , Estudiantes de Enfermería , Encuestas y Cuestionarios/normas , Adulto , Femenino , Humanos , Italia , Masculino , Psicometría/normas , Reproducibilidad de los Resultados , Estudios Retrospectivos
Assist Inferm Ric ; 31(4): 200-6, 2012.
Artículo en Italiano | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23334640


AIM: To describe the perception of the evolution of nursing shortage from 2000 to 2009 according to Nursing Coordinators and the strategies to face it. METHODS: Nursing coordinators of 11 hospitals or districts of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto regions were interviewed in 2000, 2004 and 2009 to collect data and assess their perception on nurses' shortage. RESULTS: In the first interview the medium gap between staff planned and in service was -5.4%; in 2004 -9.4% and in 2009 -3.3%. The shortage, once with a seasonal trend is now constant and appreciated in all the wards. In years 2000 and 2004 on average 5 strategies to face the shortage were implemented, in 2009 7. No systematic strategies have been used with the exception of the unification of wards, mainly during summer for letting people go on holydays. According to Nursing Coordinators the effects of the shortage are already observable (although not quantified) on patients and nurses. CONCLUSIONS: The nurses' shortage has been one of the challenges of the last 10 years. Its causes have changed but not the strategies implemented.

Hospitales/estadística & datos numéricos , Personal de Enfermería en Hospital/provisión & distribución , Supervisión de Enfermería/estadística & datos numéricos , Algoritmos , Encuestas de Atención de la Salud , Humanos , Italia , Estudios Longitudinales , Guías de Práctica Clínica como Asunto , Salarios y Beneficios , Encuestas y Cuestionarios