The contributions of undergraduate nursing education in developing assertive communication behaviors among Saudi newly-graduated nurses: Qualitative findings

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Author list: Mansour M, Al-Madani M, ABDELHAI ALANATI A, Jamama A
Place: London
Publication year: 2018
Number of pages: 1
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Statement of the Problem: Newly-qualified nurses perceive the
transition into their new professional role as highly stressful,
and they may not be well-equipped, or even ready, to acquire
high-caliber skills such as speaking up against perceived
unsafe practice. Developing assertive communication skills
at an early stage of the nursing career was reported to be
challenging. Undergraduate nursing education plays a vital role
in preparing future nurses to work in complex and often stressful
working environment. Saudi Arabia has unique socio-cultural
and educational contexts, which may influence how health
care professionals interact, communicate and manage their
professional practice. Little research has examined the impact
of undergraduate nursing education in shaping the development
of speaking up attitudes against unsafe practice from Saudi
newly-graduated nurses’ perspectives. The purpose of this
study was to examine the Saudi newly-graduated nurses’ views
on the contributions of undergraduate nursing program toward
developing their assertive communication behaviors.
Methodology: This study is part of a larger project which involved
cross-sectional survey of 83 newly -graduated Saudi nurses
from five publically-funded hospitals in the Eastern Province,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 45 nurses provided free text, qualitative
responses, which were then thematically analyzed. Findings: Four
main themes emerged from the study: Theory–Practice Gab,
Perceived Blurred Professional Boundaries, Perceived Level of
Knowledge Vs Personality and Quality of Nursing Education.
Conclusion & Significance: Developing and nurturing assertive
communication behaviors among Saudi undergraduate nursing
students is the result of complex interplay of social, cultural,
personal and educational factors. Nursing training is the
cornerstone for empowering nursing students. There is a need to
develop operational definition of assertive communication skills
that can be taught and practiced both in clinical and university

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