This study was conducted to examine the ideas and opinions of nursing students about the home visiting practice which was
implemented as a part of their Public Health Nursing course.
Method: The population of this descriptive study was comprised of final year students enrolled in a Public Health Nursing course of a
nursing faculty. Students carried out home visits as a part of their internship program for three days in a week over the spring semester
for ten weeks. A total of 143 students participated in this study. In this context, a total of 429 families were visited by the students. A
statistical software package was used to evaluate the data. Percentages were used to assess the variables. Chi-square test was performed
to determine the difference between the years of the study.
Findings: Of the students, 43% said health education was the most fulfilled nursing role they achieved during their home visits, while 35%
said communication, 15% ensuring healthy change and 5% care. When for the first time they attended a home visit program, 15.9% of the
students reported that they experienced negative feelings, 66.7% felt nervous, 47.8% got excited, 44.9% felt afraid, 21% felt positive feelings.
Conclusions and Recommendation: Nursing students contributed to the protection and improvement of the health of individuals, families
and communities during home visits. Nursing students initially stated negative opinions and thoughts about home visits but they overcame
their anxieties and fears, and made a range of positive contributions to the families in promoting their health. In this context, it was seen that
the students need to be prepared psychologically for the internship program beforehand, and that educating students with practical exercises
and with realistic role-play activities in the appropriate environments would have a positive effect on the students preparedness for their
internship program. Such realistic preparation for the home visit portion could only have a positive effect on the whole program. The most
important suggestion of this study is to provide nursing students of nursing faculties/programs who will carry out home visits within their
internship program with practical exercises and role-play activities in simulated environments before the start of their home visits to enhance
their preparedness, and that this practical training before home visits should be adopted as a standard practice.