Catherine Syombua Mwenda


Background: Clinical instruction involves teaching students in the clinical area by qualified nurses (clinical instructors) focusing on the care of patients’ needs. It is an intensely personal relationship between the student and clinical instructor. 

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to establish level of clinical Nurses’ preparedness in clinical instruction skills at Machakos level-5 and Chogoria Mission Hospitals, Eastern Region of Kenya

Design: A descriptive cross-sectional study.

Methods: The target population included all student nurses from Chogoria school of nursing and KMTC Machakos as they used the two hospitals as their primary clinical sites. The sample size included 113 senior student nurses statistically determined from the target population.  To determine senior student nurses to participate in the study, table of random numbers and sampling frames were used to randomly determine the sample size and participants per study area. Self-administered semi-structured questionnaires were used to collect data. The quantitative data was analyzed using SPSS version 17 while qualitative data was grouped into themes and analyzed as quantitative.

Results: The results revealed that there were gaps in clinical instruction as perceived by majority of senior student nurses.

Conclusion: In line with study findings the researchers concluded that student nurses perceived gaps in clinical instruction at Machakos level-5 and Chogoria Mission Hospitals such as lack of supervision, timely feedback and availability of nurses to respond to questions among others.



Clinical nurse instructor, preparedness, nurse student

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