The role of nurse educators in student clinical education in Saudi Arabia

Al-Hazmi, Abeer & Windsor, Carol A. (2013) The role of nurse educators in student clinical education in Saudi Arabia. Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference.

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Clinical education is considered a significant part of the learning process for nursing students. There is, however, no research that has explored this area of learning in Saudi Arabia.

Theoretical Framework

Informed by a symbolic interactionist framework, this research explored the role of nurse educators in student clinical education in Saudi Arabia.


Using Glaserian grounded theory methods the data were derived from 14 face-to-face interviews with nurse educators from both hospital and faculty settings in King Abdu-Aziz University (KAU) and King Abdu-Aziz University Hospital (KAUH).


The findings of the research are represented in the core category Redefining Identity Work and its two constituent categories Questioning the Situation and Creating Role Identity. The core and sub- categories were generated through a theoretical exploration of the identity work of nurse educators in Saudi Arabia.


The social identity of the nurse educators was mediated culturally and socially within the hospital and university contexts and Saudi Arabian culture. In light of an increased understanding of the identity and role of nurse educators in clinical education in Saudi Arabia, the research presents implications and recommendations that may contribute to the development of nursing education as a coherent health care profession that is perceived as a desirable career option for Saudi women and men.

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ID Code: 64492
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The journal article is the updated version of a paper, with the same title, presented in 1st Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC 2013)
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Keywords: Clinical education, Identity, Nursing education, Role of nurse educator, Role theory, Symbolic interactionism, Grounded theory, HERN
ISSN: 2315-4330
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 GSTF Digital Library
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2013 03:25
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2014 13:54

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