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Clinical learning is challenging for second-year nursing students undertaking their bachelor degree, as it is often the first time for them to apply their nursing knowledge and skills to the real situation of patient care. The aim of this study was to explore a clinical learning experience of 30 second-year Thai students who practiced in clinical settings at a university hospital in Bangkok. Heidegger’s hermeneutic phenomenology was employed as the research approach and data collection was undertaken through individual journal writing and five focus groups. Data were analyzed using content analysis.
The findings revealed six themes reflecting their clinical learning experiences: lack of confidence, fear of making a mistake, getting excited and anxious, hoping to do better, feeling proud, and needing close supervision. After understanding the findings of this study, clinical nursing instructors and nursing education should take into account the students’ feelings and perception during practice in clinical settings. The findings of this study are a basis for planning and developing appropriate supports to enhance student learning in the future.
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