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Nurse’s Role from Medical Students’ Perspective during Their Interprofessional Clinical Practice: Evidence from Lithuania

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Nursing and Care Department, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, 50161 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Department of Physics, Mathematics and Biophysics, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, 50161 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Rheumatology Department, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, 50161 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Academic Editors: Deborah Witt Sherman and Monica Hough
Healthcare 2021, 9(8), 963; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9080963
Received: 28 June 2021 / Revised: 23 July 2021 / Accepted: 27 July 2021 / Published: 29 July 2021
Background: Attitudes towards interprofessional education are key factors that shape students’ behaviour during interprofessional practice. An interprofessional approach to training and practice is “unique”, important, and challenging. Interprofessional education allows for a deeper understanding and analysis of problems from perspectives different to those of “us”. The aim of the study was to assess medical students’ attitudes toward the nurse’s role during their interprofessional clinical practice. Methods: This study used a descriptive, correlational design. Results: Lithuanian medical students were statistically significantly more likely to think that the role of a nurse was clear and transparent to other professionals and that nurses exuded a high degree of professionalism, sought a high degree of involvement with the patient, and built deep relationships with the patients. Foreign medical students were statistically significantly more likely to believe that nurses worked more effectively alone than in a team and that they worked with the patients within their own professional field of knowledge rather than referring patients to other professionals. Conclusions: After 6 months of interprofessional training with nurses in the hospital, medical students gain a more clear professional picture of the role of the nurse. View Full-Text
Keywords: interprofessional education; medical students; nurse role; clinical practice interprofessional education; medical students; nurse role; clinical practice
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Blaževičienė, A.; Vanckavičienė, A.; Paukštaitiene, R.; Baranauskaitė, A. Nurse’s Role from Medical Students’ Perspective during Their Interprofessional Clinical Practice: Evidence from Lithuania. Healthcare 2021, 9, 963. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9080963

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Blaževičienė A, Vanckavičienė A, Paukštaitiene R, Baranauskaitė A. Nurse’s Role from Medical Students’ Perspective during Their Interprofessional Clinical Practice: Evidence from Lithuania. Healthcare. 2021; 9(8):963. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9080963

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Blaževičienė, Aurelija, Aurika Vanckavičienė, Renata Paukštaitiene, and Asta Baranauskaitė. 2021. "Nurse’s Role from Medical Students’ Perspective during Their Interprofessional Clinical Practice: Evidence from Lithuania" Healthcare 9, no. 8: 963. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9080963

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