Final year Australian nursing students' experiences with bioscience: A cross-sectional survey

Gordon, Christopher J., Hudson, Peter B., Plenderleith, Mark B., Fisher, Murray, & Craft, Judy (2017) Final year Australian nursing students' experiences with bioscience: A cross-sectional survey. Nursing And Health Sciences, 19, pp. 22-28.

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Nursing students have reported bioscience to be challenging and difficult to understand. This may have a negative impact upon their ability to understand patients’ clinical condition and nursing practice. We sought information about students’ experiences with bioscience. One hundred and twenty six final-year nursing students completed a questionnaire. The findings showed that the majority of participants considered bioscience subjects to require more work compared to nursing subjects (65.9%), would like a better understanding of bioscience (73.8%) but understood that bioscience forms the foundation nursing practice (76.2%). Younger participants without secondary school science rated bioscience harder than nursing subjects (p=0.024) and spent more time studying bioscience compared to older participants (>30 years; p=0.006). Participants without any secondary school science lacked an ability to apply bioscience concepts to patient conditions (p=0.005). These results show that nursing students, especially those without secondary school science, would benefit from improved bioscience integration with nursing practice. Nursing and bioscience educators should consider greater alignment of bioscience with nursing practice subjects, especially earlier in the curriculum.

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ID Code: 99713
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: nursing education, bioscience, nursing practice, HERN
DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12310
ISSN: 1442-2018
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
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Deposited On: 05 Oct 2016 22:40
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 04:32

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