Enhancing students learning experiences in nursing programmes: An integrated review
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Original versionNurse Education in Practice. 2021, 52, (1-7). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2021.103038
Nursing as a profession is both fragmented and complex. The education setting is demanding, and prepared students are more clinically and academically robust. Therefore, nursing programmes should implement high-quality teaching based on the best available scientific evidence to improve learning quality and students’ experience. This study aimed to identify the teaching tools used to enhance students’ perceived experiences in undergraduate nursing programmes. Nine databases were systematically searched to identify quantitative and qualitative studies regarding the teaching tools utilised across nursing education programmes. Results were summarised following a systematic integrated review framework. The searches identified 15,886 citations, and after title/abstract/full-text screening, 66 primary research studies were included comprising data from 4,411 participants with a mean sample size of 66 (range 6–447). Educators utilising a student-centred wrapping approach exploiting knowledge building and self-development were found to improve students’ experiences; however, consensus on success factors was lacking. The findings indicate that educators’ knowledge and pedagogical skills used in a flexible way, tailored and sensible to students and the learning context, enhance student experiences. Nursing educators should identify learning situations that make students vulnerable and pay particular attention to the students’ learning experiences. We identified several tools accommodating the students' experience.