EFFECT OF EARLY EXPOSURE TO CLINICAL AREA AND ITS IMPLICATION TO RELATED LEARNING EXPERIENCE (RLE) PERFORMANCE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING STUDENTS IN NAGA COLLEGE FOUNDATION UNDER NEW CURRICULUM
New trend in the nursing course is the new curriculum wherein one of its features is to expose the students in the clinical area as early as possible. In the old curriculum, nursing students start to have an exposure to the clinical area during the third year level while in the new curriculum, pre-clinical exposure begins on their first year level. The newest program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the nursing students and nursing schools included the early exposure to clinical area, advanced learning of the nursing theories and procedures and early capping and pinning ceremony. According to the CHED Memorandum Order No. 14 Series of 2009, this curriculum is a four-year program consisting of general education and professional courses. Professional courses begin in the first year and threads through the development of competencies up the fourth year level. The BSN program provides an intensive nursing practicum that will refine clinical skills from the first year level to ensure basic clinical competencies required of a beginning nurse practitioner. In China, there was a survey regarding early exposure of nursing students. Questionnaire was used to investigate 83 nursing freshmen in terms of specialty thinking, learning motive and teaching methods. Results In view of early clinical practice, 91.5% of the students thought their specialty thinking was consolidated, 98.79% thought they established correct nursing consciousness. 97.59% and 93.98% of them thought early clinical practice inspired their learning motives and stimulated their potential in learning and meanwhile their comprehensive ability was strengthened. Conclusion, early clinical practice poses active influence on specialty thinking, learning motive and comprehensive ability of...
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