Filipino nursing students' views of their clinical instructors' credibility

Allan B de Guzman, Meryl Jenica M Ormita, Charlene Mae C Palad, Jennifer K Panganiban, Hervika O Pestaño, Mark Wesley P Pristin
Nurse Education Today 2007, 27 (6): 529-33

BACKGROUND: Although the concept of clinical credibility has attracted the interest of some researchers in the field, it is interesting to note the substantive paucity of literature on this since the mid 1990s [Fisher, M., 2005. Exploring how nurse lecturers maintain clinical credibility. Nurse Education in Practice 5, 21-29.] specifically from an Asian context.

OBJECTIVE: This qualitative study purports to capture how a select group of senior nursing students view their clinical instructors' credibility.

METHOD: A total of 22 senior nursing students recruited from a comprehensive university in the capital of the Philippines participated voluntarily in this qualitative study.

FINDINGS: With the use of individual indepth interview as a qualitative tool, findings of the study yielded three significant themes that elucidate the essence of credibility from the lens of Filipino nursing students. These include (1) credibility as an image building activity; (2) credibility as a work in progress; and (3) credibility as an influencing agent.

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