The sample for this study consisted of GNSs in the class from two different trimesters and PRNSs from a third trimester.
The 23 PRNSs caring for children under 5 years old helped in potential developmental delays, knowledge deficits regarding physical defects, skin integrity alterations, coordinating services, necessary nutritional feeding schedules, and available grief support groups.
With the adolescents and older children problems worked on by the 23 PRNSs included obtaining equipment and supplies, activities of daily living, and alterations in respiratory status.
Descriptions of Themes and Subthemes with Percentage of Students' Photographs 24 GNSs 23 PRNSs Subcategory Description % (n = 151) % (n = 130) Child's space Pictures depicting the 23% 13% child in a space Interacting Pictures of the student 17% 18% with student and the child or family member Disability Pictures showing the 16% 53% child's disability Family Pictures of family members 15% 25% Supplies Pictures of medical 14% 6% and equipment supplies and equipment School Pictures of the child's 6% 0.
Another difference between the two groups was that the 23 PRNSs believed their photos fit into multiple categories.
In a review of the literature that examined the differences in learning styles between PRNSs and GNSs, few studies could be found and none support that differences exist in students learning styles.
For the 23 PRNSs, 53% of their photos focused on the child's disability.
The PRNSs in this research may be depersonalizing this clinical experience as a way to cope with the care of the chronically ill child in the community.