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      Challenges experienced by postgraduate nursing students at a South African university

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          Abstract

          Background

          The increase in nurses enrolling in postgraduate programmes as well as the need to improve their completion requires academics to establish environments conducive for postgraduate studies. The challenges experienced during postgraduate studies have to be identified to establish conducive environments.

          Objective

          The objective of this study was to explore and describe the challenges experienced by postgraduate nursing students enrolled in postgraduate coursework and research programmes at a South African university.

          Methods

          An exploratory, descriptive and qualitative design was used. The study was contextual in nature. Purposive sampling was used. Fifteen honours, master’s and doctoral students participated in the study. Data were analysed through qualitative content analysis and measures to ensure trustworthiness, and ethical implementation of the study were implemented.

          Results

          Three themes with categories were identified, namely personal challenges (i.e. finances, employment, family and accommodation), academic and institutional challenges (i.e. workload and time constraints, contact sessions, subject information and assessment) and research-related challenges (i.e. information literacy, supervisory relationship and supervisory structure and process).

          Conclusion

          Institutional support addressing personal, academic and research-related challenges should be provided to enhance student experiences and completion.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                Health SA
                Health SA
                HSAG
                Health SA = SA Gesondheid
                AOSIS OpenJournals
                1025-9848
                2071-9736
                29 March 2018
                2018
                : 23
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Nursing Science, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa
                [2 ]Adelaide Tambo School of Nursing Science, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Yolanda Havenga, havengay@ 123456tut.ac.za
                Article
                HSAG-23-1107
                10.4102/hsag.v23i0.1107
                6917391
                © 2018. The Authors

                Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

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