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The first year as a nurse: an experience of growth and development
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, no 17, 1877-1885 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. no 17, 1877-1885 p.
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Nursing
Research subject
Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6252OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-6252DiVA: diva2:344707
Available from: 2010-08-20 Created: 2010-08-20 Last updated: 2011-12-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Newly graduated nurses' perception of competence, critical thinking and research utilization.
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2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Sigrid Wangensteen has the recent years been engaged in doctoral studies at Karlstad University in combination with teaching at the bachelor program in nursing at Gjøvik Universtity College.

This doctoral thesis is focused on newly graduated nurses, their perception of competence, critical thinking dispositions, research use and their experiences of being a nurse during their first year as a nurse. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used.

The very first period of time was experienced as tough but when looking back the newly graduated nurses appreciated the tough time. They described the need for a supportive environment, and gaining competence through managing challenging situations. The leadership role constituted the main difference between being a student and being a nurse. In the quantitative study the nurses perceived their competence as good, rating the Helping role competence category highest and the Ensuring quality competence category lowest. With respect to critical thinking the CCTDI total scores indicated a positive disposition. As regards the CCTDI subscale scores the nurses reported highest values for intellectual curiosity (Inquisitiveness) and lowest for intellectual honesty (Truth-seeking). The nurses reported a positive attitude towards research, but only 24% were classified as research users. Supportive environment was a significant predictor for research use. Critical thinking was a prominent predictor for attitude towards research, for research use and perception of competence.

Nurse leaders in clinical practice and nurse educators in nursing education and clinical practice play an important role in nurturing student nurses and newly graduated nurses with respect to critical thinking. There is a need to assess whether teaching strategies meet the requirements of critical thinking and EBP in nursing education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2010. 79 p.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2010:24
Keyword
Newly graduated nurses, critical thinking, research utilization, nurse competence
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Nursing Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-6260 (URN)978-91-7063-316-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-10-22, Ericssonsalen 9C204, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 11:00
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Available from: 2010-10-08 Created: 2010-08-23 Last updated: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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