• perceptions;
  • clinical teaching behaviours

Clinical teaching behaviour is a critical determinant for quality clinical learning experiences of student nurses. It is believed that a better understanding of the perceptions of clinical teaching behaviours between student nurses and nurse educators will enhance clinical teaching. This study examined the perceptions of effective clinical teaching behaviours of nurse educators by student nurses (n= 81) and nurse educators (n= 10) in a hospital-based 3-year general nurse training programme in Hong Kong. Knox & Mogan's Nursing Clinical Teacher Effectiveness Inventory (NCTEI) (1985) was adopted. The respondents were asked to rate the importance of each discrete behaviour on a seven-point scale. It was found that there was greater agreement in the 10 most important behaviours than the 10 least important behaviours among the four groups: students, junior students, senior students and nurse educators. No statistically significant difference could be identified in the perceptions between the nurse educators and students as well as between the junior and senior students regarding the five behavioural categories. The nature and the student status of the nursing programme was accountable for most of the discrepancies between the findings of this study and those of past studies.