Table 1

Q-sample statements
Number Statement
1 The student practices outside of his/her scope
2 The student makes independent clinical decisions beyond his/her competency
3 The student does not consider the guidance of the clinical educator
4 The student does not demonstrate critical thinking through the nursing process
5 The student lacks the knowledge needed to assume care of assigned patients
6 The student is dishonest (makes up assessment data, covers up mistakes or hides their lack of knowledge)
7 The student does not report changing patient conditions
8 The student fails to perform care consistent with clinical guidelines and standard procedures (hand washing; confidentiality; body mechanics)
9 The student rushes through care
10 The student does not respect the rights of patients
11 The student demonstrates a pattern of errors (e.g. repeated mistakes)
12 The student is unable to control his/her nervousness
13 The student does not provide accurate, relevant and timely documentation of client care
14 The student has difficulty communicating (verbally or non-verbally
15 The student avoids interacting with the patient
16 The student avoids consultation and collaboration with the clinical educator and other health team members
17 The student is unable to modify care based on emerging patient priorities
18 The student does not protect patients from injury or potentially abusive situations
19 The student practices with impaired cognition (due to stress, drugs, alcohol, or lack of sleep)
20 The student does not demonstrate patient-centeredness (e.g. caring)
21 The clinical educator does not appropriately guide student practice
22 The clinical educator demonstrates lack of competence in his/her role
23 The student does not have access to ongoing performance feedback
24 The student is evaluated as successful despite a pattern of unmet clinical expectations
25 The student feels overwhelmed by course requirements
26 The student has a large gap in time between practice placements
27 The clinical educator encourages students to do things beyond their scope
28 The clinical educator does not assign clinical learning experiences consistent with student’s learning needs
29 The clinical educator has not established a trusting relationship with the student(s)
30 Clinical educators and professors do not regularly discuss student progress and expectations
31 The clinical educator does not enforce clinical program policies
32 The clinical educator does not regularly document evaluations of the student’s performance
33 There are no clear guidelines for how to deal with specific behaviours in the clinical setting (when to fail someone or what is considered unsafe student practices)
34 There are inconsistent expectations among clinical groups or faculty (skill, workload, hours)
35 The clinical educator is overwhelmed by role expectations
36 The clinical educator is unable to establish and maintain a positive learning environment
37 The formal evaluation processes are unclear
38 The clinical educator does not role model established nursing standards
39 The student responds defensively to constructive feedback
40 The student is taught to cut corners or guided to do things differently than what was taught in school
41 The clinical educator does not provide constructive feedback in a confidential manner
42 The clinical educator does not set clear expectations with students at the beginning or and throughout the placement
43 The student perceives the clinical educator as threatening

Killam et al.

Killam et al. BMC Nursing 2012 11:26   doi:10.1186/1472-6955-11-26

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