The images of a critical care center among Japanese nursing students

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Sachiko Matsui, RN, MSN1
Hisako Kobayashi, RN, MSN1
Kiyoe Watanabe, RN2
Kaori Miyata, RN3
Midori Yao, RN CNS4
ChiIzuko Yamaguchi, RN5
(1)Depertment of Nursing Faculty of Nursing and Rehabilitation, AINO University, Osaka, Japan
(2)Depertment of Nursing Faculty of Nursing and Rehabilitation, Aino University, Osaka, Japan
(3)Faculty of Nursing and Rehabilitation, AINOĀ@University, Osaka, Japan
(4)Nursing department, Osaka Mishima Emergency Critical Care Center, Osaka, Japan
(5)Nursing department, Osaka Mishima Emergency critical Center, Osaka, Japan

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to examine changes in their images of a critical care center (CCC)

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to provide effective support to increase studentsí motivation for learning

Students’ images of emergency care significantly influence their interest in patients and motivation for learning. With the aim of helping provide effective support to increase students’ motivation for learning, the present study examined changes in their images of a critical care center (CCC) during training at one of such centers.

Subjects were 58 third-year college students who had undergone training at a CCC for nine hours.

            The students were asked to describe their images of the CCC in an anonymous-based questionnaire form prior to and one week after the training. The survey period was from September 2011 to January 2012. A qualitative, structured analysis of the descriptions was conducted.

Descriptions written prior to the training were categorized into: “a tense and strained atmosphere”, “on the verge of life and death”, “a race against time”, “nurses’ judgment”, and “busy”, whereas their images after the training included: “a bright atmosphere”, “nurses’ smile”, “motivated to work”, and “power of interprofessional health care”.

Students’ images of the CCC changed during the training - from dark to bright. They came to view the CCC positively, and their motivation increased.

            Clinical nurses can provide students with effective support to enhance their motivation for learning by asking them about their images of a CCC, following the tour of a center and training, and sharing their positive feelings toward it.