An exploration of absenteeism among nursing students in the context of a south african university

Moreoagae Bertha Randa*

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Background: Absenteeism among university and college students is a global challenge. Not only does absenteeism result in inadequate learning, but it also disrupts the way in which classes are conducted. Objective: The study sought to explore and understand the reasons for absenteeism from the perspectives of the nursing students in the context of a South African University. Methods: The study used an explorative qualitative design to conduct four focus group discussions with undergraduate nursing students. Tesch’s method of data analysis was followed. Results: One theme and four sub-themes emerged, such as the negative attitudes of lecturers, poor guidance and lack of prompt feedback from lecturers, lack of commitment from lecturers and classes starting late, and inability of the students to cope with the workload. Conclusion: The study revealed that the main reasons for the students’ absenteeism from scheduled learning experiences were related to the lecturers’ behaviour and practices. The poor lecturer-student relationship discouraged the students from attending classes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-291
Number of pages7
JournalOpen Nursing Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Absenteeism
  • Class
  • Global challenge
  • Learning Experiences
  • Lecturers
  • Nursing Students
  • South African University


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