Subjectivity Study on Anxiety in Clinical Practice of Nursing Students
Keywords:Nursing students, Anxiety, Clinical practice, Q method, Subjectivity
The purpose of this study is to apply Q methodologies to identify and understand the type of anxiety in clinical practice
of nursing students. The study organized the Q population through in-depth interviews to select 30 Q samples that could
represent the Q population by coordination with two professors and researchers familiar with the Q methodology, and
29 nursing students were selected as P-samples. The data collection was about three months from from August 31
to September 11, 2020 and was analyzed using the PQ Method Program. According to this study, nursing students
anxiety in clinical practice was divided into four types: Type ‘Anxiety related to lack of knowledge’, Type 2
‘Anxiety related to self-satisfaction and expectations’, Type 3 ‘Anxiety related to vague expectations’, Type
4 ‘Anxiety related to personal factors’. As a result of this study, it is significant that it provided basic data that could
suggest customized current interventions by analyzing the subjective perception patterns of nursing students about
clinical practice anxiety. Therefore, it is considered that it is necessary to strengthen the competency of nursing students
by applying the intervention plan to the comparative course in the future.
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