Student Perceptions of Educational Environment in a New Nursing College by Dreem Tool in Iran

Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Department of Complementary and Chinese Medicine, School of Persian and Complementary Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

2 Clinical Research Unit, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

Abstract

Introduction:  Educational environment has a critical effect on the students' learning, performance and innovations. 
The aim of this study was to evaluate the perception to problem identification among nursing students in a newly-founded Nursing school in Torbat, Iran. 
Materials & Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in a newly-founded Nursing School in Torbat. 120 students completed the questionnaire. The Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) was used to evaluate the educational environment.
Results: Mean age of the study population was 20.81±1.55 yrs with a female/male ratio of 1.22. The mean total score of the DREEM scale was 115.67±12.4 out of 200. The mean score of all subscales of the DREEM questionnaire were "positive perception" except for the students' self-perception domain that had many negative aspects. 
Conclusion: In this study the students' self-perception was not favorable according to the DREEM scale and was identified as "need to be changed and improved" in our newly-founded nursing school. Having a schedule to train nursing students and providing friendly, supportive and comfortable atmosphere can improve the educational environment.

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