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Table 2 Example of when a student takes an independent decision

From: Tensions in learning professional identities – nursing students’ narratives and participation in practical skills during their clinical practice: an ethnographic study

The student and the preceptor are in the drug room where the student prepares two intravenous injections. The student works independently, with the preceptor observing in the background. The student lifts up the syringes with their contents. “Great job,” says the preceptor. “Put the syringes in your breast pocket and then we can go to the patient,” he says, pointing at the student’s breast pocket where several pens can be seen sticking out. The student does not say anything, but pauses for a few seconds. Without a comment, he takes a tray and places the syringes on it. The preceptor says nothing.