Nursing Students' Perceptions of Their Summer Clinical Practicum
The purpose of this study was to discover associate degree nursing students' perception of their summer clinical practicum. The university was located in rural southeast Tennessee. A qualitative method of phenomenological design was used with an unstructured interview to ask the question: "please tell me about your summer clinical practicum and how it affected you?" The framework was Imogene King's Systems of Transaction in Gqal Attainment. Themes identified were communication, mentoring, interpersonal relationships, prior learning, and growth and development. The study findings supported the use of a summer clinical practicum, revealed that nursing students' perceived an increased self confidence and skill competency at the end and identified some communication needs.