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Objective: Bedside teaching and learning has been deemed essential to the development of professional nursing students. Without exposure to living patients’ students are not able to see real-time disease presentation and progression and utilize his or her critical thinking skills to intervene. Additionally, the professional nursing student must pass a series of high stakes exams throughout their selected collegiate program to prepare them for a state licensure examination. The objective of this study was to determine if clinical exposure increases didactic exam scores for nursing students. Methods: A mixed methodology approach was used for this study including a retrospective analysis of student exam grades during clinical rotations, a qualitative survey addressing student perceptions of clinical learning, and a comprehensive literature review. Student exam results and qualitative responses were gathered from Newman University’s NSG 4034 “Child & Family Nursing” course. Results: Students who were in clinical rotations during time of didactic testing were observed to have a higher mean score than their peers who were not in clinical at the time of testing. Conclusion: Nursing is a field which requires individuals to quickly analyze situations and intervene in an effective and timely manner to ensure patient safety. Critical thinking skills are cultivated in the classroom, and blossom at the bedside. Integrating clinical concepts into the classroom will enhance the student's learning experiences and produce a more effective registered nurse.

Keywords: Nursing, Student, Exam, Clinical, Grades, Correlation

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Christine Hober



Submission Type

online only poster




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