Practicum experience of nursing students in a skill laboratory: A qualitative study

Pramita Iriana, Ratna Sitorus, Agung Waluyo, Sutanto Priyo Hastono

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Introduction: Problems regarding the low level of nursing students' abilities in nursing skills have been perceived globally. If the problem is deeply rooted, the graduates will not be ready to work and will not be competent enough to apply their nursing skills in the clinic; this will lead to a decrease in the quality of services and patient safety. Method: This research is a qualitative study using a descriptive phenomenology method, involving 16 participants, the second and the third-grade students of Nursing Diploma III. The analysis and processing of this qualitative data used NVivo software, version 12 plus. Result: Results of this study are categorized into five themes: an affectionate lecturer improves the effectiveness of the learning process: the importance of physical and psychological readiness; the comprehensive management of learning in the laboratory; the need of sufficient facilities and infrastructure in the laboratory; and the skill performance of students. Conclusion: Skill performances of students in the nursing laboratory are the core of students' accomplishments in laboratories. This would be accomplished by creating a conducive academic atmosphere. The integration between the practical phase and academic atmosphere can be developed later as an effective learning model in laboratory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-118
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Academic atmosphere
  • Nursing laboratory
  • Nursing skills
  • Practicum


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