Nursing students’ perceptions of autonomy: a qualitative study.

Ponto, M. (2011) Nursing students’ perceptions of autonomy: a qualitative study. Progress in Health Sciences, 1(2), pp. 11-17. ISSN (print) 2083-1617


Purpose: The aim of this study was to explore nursing students’ perceptions of autonomy. Material and Methods: 11 participants were interviewed twice at the beginning and the end of a Diploma/BSc Nursing course designed for graduates coming to study nursing. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used for data collection and analysis. Results: Three major themes were indentified and are discussed in context of the existing literature. The respondents tended to focus on their transition from student to becoming professional nurse. Conclusion: Educators must aim to provide a safe learning environment which is satisfying, promotes autonomous functioning and encourages self governance and personal development for students, as only then will nursing become truly autonomous profession. Key words: autonomy, nursing education, nurses’ job satisfaction ___________________________________________________________________________

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