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Nurse education
The problem of late dropout from nursing education is a serious one and educational simulation can be used as a solution
  1. Jiyeon Kang
  1. Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Republic of Korea
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jiyeon Kang, Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan 49315, Republic of Korea; jykang{at}

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Commentary on: Bakker EJM, Verhaegh KJ, Kox JHAM, et al. Late dropout from nursing education: an interview study of nursing students’ experiences and reasons. Nurse Educ Pract 2019;39:17–25.

​Implications for practice and research

  • Students who do not succeed in capturing the learning process need a supportive and safe educational environment.

  • Accurate information provision and individualised support are needed to close the gap between reality and student expectations of clinical placement.


Dropping out of nursing education exacerbates the shortage of nurses, which has already become a global issue. This study by Bakker and colleagues has focused on nursing students who dropout late, especially after the third year of their nursing programme. Although researchers have suggested student profile characteristics and affective factors as causes of dropout, studies on late dropouts are limited.1 Late dropouts incur significant …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.