Postgraduate Nursing Students’ Expectations of their Supervisors in Iran: A Qualitative Study

Fatemeh Hajihosseini, Mansoureh ZagheriTafresh, Meimanat Hosseini, AhmadReza Baghestani



Background: Exploring the expectations of postgraduate nursing students from their supervisors is  required in order to meet the expectations, raise the general students’ satisfaction, and enhance the  students’ capabilities to the highest degree possible. The present study was conducted to explore the  expectations of postgraduate nursing students from their supervisors.

Materials and Methods: This  qualitative study was done through semi‑structured individual interviews with seven PhD students  and 14 master’s students in two focus groups from three universities in Tehran, Iran. The data were  analyzed using the inductive approach and through conventional content analysis.

Results: The analysis  of the data led to the extraction of five categories (support for the students, good communication  skills, professional competence, guiding the students, and professionalism) within 12 subcategories. 

Conclusions: The results revealed that postgraduate students expect their supervisors not only to  guide and support them in education and research but also have good communication skills, be  professional, and value professionalism. Therefore, supervisors should try to meet these expectations  and offer practical strategies for better realization of their needs. 


Education, Iran, nursing, qualitative study, supervision

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