Undergraduate Nursing Student Perspectives About Challenges in Clinical Education in Jordan: A Cross-Sectional Descriptive Study

Ghadeer Al-Dweik1, *
, Heba Khalil2, Maha Atout3, Abeer Al Zaghmouri1, Mohannad Eid AbuRuz1
1 Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Applied Science Private University, Amman
2 Faculty of Health Sciences, Ras Al Khaima Women’s college, Higher college of Technology. Ras Al-Khaimah United Arab Emirate.
3 Philadelphia University, Amman, Jordan

Article Metrics

CrossRef Citations:
Total Statistics:

Full-Text HTML Views: 211
Abstract HTML Views: 105
PDF Downloads: 122
ePub Downloads: 38
Total Views/Downloads: 476
Unique Statistics:

Full-Text HTML Views: 142
Abstract HTML Views: 83
PDF Downloads: 102
ePub Downloads: 37
Total Views/Downloads: 364

Creative Commons License
© 2021 Al-Dweik et al.

open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0), a copy of which is available at: This license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Applied Science Private University, Amman, 11931-166 Jordan; Tel : 00962795087119; E-mail:



Clinical education is an essential element in a baccalaureate nursing program, providing nursing students with the required knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that are required to deliver professional nursing care after graduation.


The purpose of this study was to identify the student perceived challenges associated with nursing instruction in the clinical environment.


A cross-sectional descriptive design was used to identify the challenges associated with clinical instruction from the nursing students’ perspective. Convenience sampling was used to recruit 187 nursing students from three universities in Jordan, including one public and two private.


The major challenges to clinical education were fear of committing mistakes; lack of facilities for students; lack of knowledge among community and patients about the nursing profession; fear of infection; lack of availability of equipment in the clinical setting; students’ lack of preparedness and skills in planning care; and lack of collaboration from clinical staff.


Identifying the challenges is necessary to formulate strategies to address them, to improve curriculum designed and clinical education for nursing students accordingly.

Keywords: Barriers, Challenges, Clinical education, Nursing education, Sociodemographic, Content validity index.