Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Fall 2013

Degree Type




First Advisor

Jane Brannan

Second Advisor

Janeen Amason


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine if the baccalaureate degree student nurse’s clinical experience in labor and deliver affects his or her knowledge of labor and delivery nursing care.

Design: A descriptive, non-experimental pre-test post-test design.

Method: A convenience sample of 45 baccalaureate student nurses enrolled in the parent/ child class at a large southeastern university. Data collection took place from August 2013 to October 2013.

Results: The mean difference between pre-test score and post-test score demonstrated minimal gain in knowledge during the clinical rotation in labor and delivery. The number of hours the student nurse participated in the labor and delivery rotation was statistically significant. Students who completed an 8- hour clinical rotation had significantly higher knowledge than the students who completed a 2-hour clinical rotation. No additional statistical significance was found.

Conclusion: Limited knowledge gain in this sample of BSN students after their clinical experience may be the result of multiple factors. Time may be needed for student’s reflection and critical analysis to assimilate learning. Additionally faculty should develop strategies to increase knowledge and retention.