Amira Ali  Alshowkan

Amira Ali Alshowkan

University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Title: Nursing Student Experiences of Psychiatric Clinical Practice: A qualitative Study


Dr. Amira Alshowkan received the BSc in Nursing from King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia in 2006 and the PhD degree in Mental Health Nursing from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2012. Currently she is working as assistant professor at the University of Dammam and Internship Coordinator at the King Fahd Hospital of the University. Her current field of interest is quality of life, schizophrenia, women, religion and stigma.


Background: Clinical experience is identified as a vital part in nursing education. It allows students to merge the knowledge with practice. Understanding the contextual factors that may interfere or enhance enrichment of psychiatric mental health nursing experience is very important. Aim: To explore the experiences of nursing students who completed their psychiatric clinical practice at a Saudi Arabian University. Method: Data were collected thought the use of focus group discussion. A total of 20 third year female nursing students who completed the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Course were agreed to participated and divided into 4 focus groups. Data were transcribed and thematic analysis was done through the use of Nvivo 9. Result: Three main themes were identified and under each theme a number of subthemes were emerged. The main three themes are: factors related to the student, factors related to the clinical supervisor, and factor related the clinical environment. Conclusion: The result of this study indicated that nursing students facing many obstacles during their clinical experience. A number of recommendations were supposed in order to support psychiatric nursing clinical practice.