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Experiences of nurse educators regarding the use of the clinical skills laboratory at the School of Nursing in the Free State province

Siphiwe T. Madlala
Agnes N. Mvandaba


Background: Integration of theory to practice by student nurses is a challenge in most training institutions accredited by the South African Nursing  Council (SANC). Nurse educators require a fully equipped and functional clinical skills laboratory to impart clinical competency knowledge to student  nurses.

Aim: The purpose of this study was to understand the experiences of the nurse educators in teaching clinical skills to student nurses using the clinical  skills laboratories.

Setting: The study was conducted at the School of Nursing in the Free State province in 2021.

Methods: A qualitative descriptive design was employed. Purposive sampling was used to select participants for the study. Unstructured one-on-one  interviews were conducted with 17 nurse educators until data saturation was reached. Data were analysed thematically.

Results: The three major themes that emerged during data analysis and were discussed to make recommendations of the study are as follows: clinical  skills laboratory environment; human and material resources; financial constraints.

Conclusion: This study revealed that there is a need for the use of the clinical skills laboratory by nurse educators to teach clinical practice to student  nurses. Therefore, it is imperative that the study recommendations be considered for implementation to improve the use of the clinical skills laboratory. 

Contribution: The importance of integrating theory to practice by using the clinical skills laboratory during clinical practice teaching by nurse educators will be understood.

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