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The experience of nursing students who make mistakes in clinical

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  • The experience of nursing students who make mistakes during clinical practice is poorly understood. The literature identifies clinical practice mistakes as a significant issue in nursing practice and education but there is very little research on the topic. This study used a grounded theory approach to explore the experience of undergraduate nursing students who had made at least one mistake in their clinical practice. What emerged is a theory that illuminates the process of how students move through the positive and negative elements of the mistake experience the core variable that emerged from the study was “living through the mistake experience.” The mistake experience was clearly a traumatic process for nursing students and students reported feeling unprepared and lacking the capability to manage the mistake experience. A number of recommendations for nursing education are proposed.

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    © 2015 Mark Zieber & Beverly Williams. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original authors and source must be cited.
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    • Zieber, M. P., & Williams, B. A. 2015. The experience of nursing students who make mistakes in clinical. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 12(1),