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Abstract

Aim: The aim of the study is to report an analysis of the concept of approachability of the instructor within the context of nursing clinical education.

Background: Approachability of the instructor within the context of a nursing clinical education is a concept that is obscure and immature.

Design: Concept Analysis

Data Sources: A literature search between the years 1985 to present yielded 18 articles that were analyzed.

Method: Rodger’s Evolutionary Method was used for the concept analysis.

Results: The concept analysis identified the antecedents, attributes and consequences of approachability of the clinical nursing instructor. The antecedent was a student centered teaching philosophy. Based on the analysis, the attributes were divided in active and subtle behaviors of approachability. The active behaviors were encouraging questions, not belittling the students, showing an interest in students and being flexible. The subtle behaviors were identified as non-verbal communication and being available. The consequences include building an interpersonal relationship and creating a positive clinical experience. Using the antecedents, attributes and consequences, a theoretical definition was developed.

Conclusion: The implications for future development include development of a tool that measures approachability, relational quantitative studies using the instrument and dissemination new knowledge.

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