Views on nursing education in Portugal

Olga Maria Pimenta Lopes Ribeiro, Maria Manuela Ferreira Pereira da Silva Martins, António Luís Rodrigues Faria de Carvalho, Luísa Maria Marques Marinho Santos, Maria de Fátima Rocha Viana


Objective: to understand nurses’ perception of hospital care about nursing education. Methods: a qualitative study was carried out in 19 hospital institutions, with 56 nurses. For the data collection, the semi-structured interview was used and, in the analysis, the Atlas.ti® software. Results: these aspects emerged as units of analysis: positive and negative aspects of nursing teaching in a theoretical context; and positive and negative aspects of nursing teaching in a practical context. The perception of nurses about nursing education is essentially related to the existence of much diversified training processes. Conclusion: despite the evolution of nursing as a discipline and profession, nurses recognize that many of the weaknesses in nursing education are based on the differences between nursing schools, and the need for a closer approximation of theory to practice is evident, among other strategies, the follow-up of the students during the internships by the teachers of the School.


Teaching; Nursing; Education, Nursing; Clinical Clerkship.



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