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Nurses and challenges faced as clinical educators: a survey of a group of nurses in Cameroon

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Author(s): Vivian E A Eta | Mary B S Atanga | Julius Atashili | Gibson D’Cruz

Journal: Pan African Medical Journal
ISSN 1937-8688

Volume: 8;
Issue: 28;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Clinical nurse | Cameroon | Challenges | Educator

ABSTRACT
BACKGROUND: Clinical teaching is an important component of clinical education. In nursing, clinical teaching is ensured by clinical nurse educators (CNEs). This study aimed at describing the major challenges faced by CNEs in Cameroon. METHODS: In a qualitative study, supplemented with quantitative methods, CNEs were enrolled from three health districts to represent their frequency in Cameroon’s health delivery system. RESULTS: A total of 56 CNEs participated in the study, of whom, as many as 58.9% acknowledged always facing challenges in clinical teaching and supervision. The major challenges identified were the lack of opportunities to update knowledge and skills, students’ lack of preparedness and the CNEs not being prepared for clinical teaching. CNEs attributed these challenges in major part to the lack of incentives and poor health policies. CONCLUSION: CNEs in Cameroon do indeed face major challenges which are of diverse origins and could adversely affect teaching in clinical settings
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