The study was conducted with 249 nurse students in Trabzon Health School of KTU to determine the communication problems that were experienced in clinics. Data was gathered with a questionnaire which composed of 21 questions. In general, 76% of nurse students experienced communication problems in the clinics. These communication problems were experienced more in medical nursing course (53%), an training and research hospital of Health Ministry (46%) and with nurses in general units/wards (68%). These problems were experienced more with patients and physicians by female students, units' nurses by junior students and lecturers by senior students (p < 0.05). (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.