Failing a student nurse: a new horizon of moral courage

Black, Sharon and Curzio, Joan and Terry, Louise (2014) Failing a student nurse: a new horizon of moral courage. Nursing Ethics, 21 (2). pp. 224-238. ISSN 0969-7330

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Abstract

The factors preventing registered nurses from failing students in practice are multifaceted and have attracted
much debate over recent years. However, writers rarely focus on what is needed to fail an incompetent preregistration
nursing student in their final placement. This hermeneutic study explored the mentor experience
of failing a pre-registration nursing student in their final placement. A total of 19 mentors were recruited from
7 different healthcare organisations in both inner city and rural locations in the southeast of England. Participants
took part in individual reflective interviews about their experience of failing a pre-registration nursing
student in their final placement. These experiences were interpreted through a hermeneutic discovery of
meaning. The new horizon of understanding which developed as a result of this research is framed within the
context of moral stress,moral integrity and moral residue with the overall synthesis being that these mentors’
stories presented a new horizon of moral courage.

Keywords:Courage, failure, mentor, nursing, students, JCNotOpen
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B700 Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:19423
Deposited On:30 Oct 2015 12:16

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