Journal of Japan Academy of Nursing Science
Online ISSN : 2185-8888
Print ISSN : 0287-5330
ISSN-L : 0287-5330
Original Articles
Reflections of Adult Students with Practical Experience as Nurses The State of Learning at Graduate School and Its Application in Clinical Practice
Yumi TakadaKazumi Natsuhara
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2021 Volume 41 Pages 166-174


Aims: The purpose of the present study is to elucidate the type of learning obtained through the master’s program by adult students with practical nursing experience and how adult students apply their learning at work.

Methods: We conducted a focus group interview of 8 nurses who completed nursing graduate school A, and conducted a qualitative analysis of the data obtained by inductive approach.

Results: We obtained 5 categories of “adult students’ learning and awareness at school” and 6 categories of “adult students’ application of learning and new awareness after returning to work as a nurse.” The adult students acquired learning at school such as the “basics of the ability to think matters through” and after returning to work, they encouragedstaff members to search questions using the database, or in other words, they put into practice “establishing the habit of thinking matters through.” On the other hand, owing to the actual time restrictions of their duties, they also experienced “challenges in applying the graduate school learning to clinical practice.”

Conclusion: Based on the learning of adult students at graduate school, it was suggested that recommending staff to practice nursing that uses scientific grounds improves the quality of nursing.

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