Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing



Research Sponsor

Linda Shanks, Michelle Enlow

First Reader

Jane Lao

Second Reader

Kaeli Fernandez


Clinical teaching gives nursing students practical experience, allowing them to practice skills and to apply theories of nursing alongside a staff nurse. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between nursing students’ perceptions of staff nurses’ attitudes towards them and self-efficacy in sophomore- and senior-level nursing students. According to scientist Albert Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory, self-efficacy is defined as a person’s belief in his or her own abilities. Using non-experimental comparative design, convenience sampling, and Likert scale questionnaires, sophomore- and senior- level baccalaureate nursing students were asked to complete the survey using the Nursing Clinical Self-Efficacy Scale and the Clinical Learning Environment Supervision and Nurse Teacher scale. Data was analyzed using SPSS 22 software analysis and t-tests. It was found that nursing students’ perception of staff nurses’ attitudes towards them is moderately related to self-efficacy in nursing students (r=0.428). There was no significant difference in this relationship between sophomore- and senior- level nursing students. This means that all students with a higher perception of the staff nurses’ attitudes about them tend to have a higher self-efficacy score of clinical skill performance. These findings suggest that staff nurses have the ability to make a significant impact on nursing students’ learning experience.