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Final year Australian nursing students' experiences with bioscience: A cross‐sectional survey

Gordon, Christopher J. et al.

Nursing & health sciences. Volume 19:Number 1 (2017, March); pp 22-28 -- John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd

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  • Title:
    Final year Australian nursing students' experiences with bioscience: A cross‐sectional survey
  • Author: Gordon, Christopher J.;
    Hudson, Peter B.;
    Plenderleith, Mark B.;
    Fisher, Murray;
    Craft, Judy A.
  • Found In: Nursing & health sciences. Volume 19:Number 1 (2017, March); pp 22-28
  • Journal Title: Nursing & health sciences
  • Subjects: Medical care--Periodicals; Nursing--Periodicals; Nursing--Study and teaching--Periodicals; Public health--Periodicals; bioscience--nursing education--nursing practice--nursing curriculum; Dewey: 610.73
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
  • Abstract: Abstract:

    Nursing students have reported bioscience to be challenging and difficult to understand. This might have a negative impact upon their ability to understand patients' clinical conditions and nursing practice. We sought information about students' experiences with bioscience. A total of 126 final year nursing students completed a questionnaire. The findings showed that the majority of participants considered bioscience subjects to require more work compared to nursing subjects (65.9%), and that they would like a better understanding of bioscience (73.8%), but understood that bioscience forms the foundation of nursing practice (76.2%). Younger participants without secondary school science rated bioscience harder than nursing subjects and spent more time studying bioscience compared to older participants. Participants without any secondary school science lacked an ability to apply bioscience concepts to patient conditions. These results showed that nursing students, especially those without secondary school science, would benefit from improved bioscience integration with nursing practice. Nursing and bioscience educators should consider greater alignment of bioscience with nursing practice subjects, especially earlier in the curriculum.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100043523967.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1441-0745; 10.1111/nhs.12310
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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