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Experiences and challenges of enrolled nurses undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing Science programme in Namibia


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Title Experiences and challenges of enrolled nurses undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing Science programme in Namibia
Creator Ashipala, Daniel O. Kapula, Paulus K. Lifalaza, Alice
Subject Primary Health Care; urban health; primary care; advancing; Bachelor of Nursing Science; challenges; enhancing; enrolled nurse; experiences; programme
Description Background: Globally, enrolled nurses (ENs) are embarking on an educational journey to become registered nurses (RNs) in order to enhance their knowledge and career opportunities. However, their aspiration is not without challenges. In Namibia, the experiences of these nurses have not been extensively researched.Objectives: This study aims to explore and describe the experiences and challenges of ENs undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing Science at the University of Namibia.Method: A qualitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual research strategy was followed as the basis of conducting the study. A sample of 15 nursing students was purposively selected from the target population of 73 nursing students. This sample size was determined by the saturation of data as reflected in repeating themes. The collected data were analysed thematically using an inductive approach.Results: Three main themes subsequently emerged from the study: ENs’ positive experiences advancing in the Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) programme; nurses’ negative experiences advancing in the BNSc programme; and recommendations to ensure effective advancement in the BNSc programmeConclusion: The findings of this study revealed that ENs positively experience becoming a RN when it comes to self-development; however, they have negative experiences such as not receiving exemptions for prior learning and having to learn a new curriculum.Contribution: These findings may be used by the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Public Health management in order to develop targeted interventions and ongoing strategies during their curriculum review cycles to ensure positive student experiences and success within the programme.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor No support in the form of content or funding was provided in this study
Date 2024-05-06
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/curationis.v47i1.2549
Source Curationis; Vol 47, No 1 (2024); 8 pages 2223-6279 0379-8577
Language eng
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Coverage Namibia; North west; Engela district August 2020- 2021 18-60 male and female
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Daniel O. Ashipala, Paulus K. Kapula, Alice Lifalaza