Assessing clinical learning outcomes: A descriptive study of nursing students in Kuwait


Fatimah Al-Kandari, College of Nursing, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, PO Box 64923, Al-Shuwaikh, Kuwait. Email:


This study examined the perceptions of 202 nursing students, 14 faculty members, and 32 clinical instructors in the achievement of nursing students' clinical learning outcomes during their different clinical placements. The participants were involved in the bachelor of science in nursing and associate degree in nursing programs. Nine dimensions were studied using the Kuwait Clinical Learning Outcomes for Nursing Students tool. These were knowledge, nursing process, communication, student role, accountability, teaching/learning, organization, caring, and psychomotor skills. The perception of achievement of the clinical learning outcomes was 72% for the students, 77% for the faculty members, and 75% for the clinical instructors. The scores of both the faculty members and the clinical instructors for the student role were significantly higher than the scores of the students. The findings confirmed that the quality and type of clinical placement have a significant impact on the achievement of clinical learning outcomes and provide a strong base for students' development as future professionals.