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Newly Graduated Nurses' Perception Of Competence And Possible Predictors: A Cross-Sectional Survey
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing. Gjovik Univ Coll, Gjovik, Norway.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing. Gjovik Univ Coll, Gjovik, Norway.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Professional Nursing, ISSN 8755-7223, E-ISSN 1532-8481, Vol. 28, no 3, 170-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to describe newly graduated nurses' own perception of competence and to identify possible predictors influencing their perceptions. The target population included nurses who graduated from nursing colleges in June 2006. Data collection was carried out from October 2006 until April 2007 using the Nurse Competence Scale (NCS), the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory, and the Research Utilization Questionnaire. The response rate was 33% (n = 620). Pearson's chi-square test, Student t test, and regression analyses were used for statistical calculations. The respondents assessed their overall competence level as "good" and assessed themselves most competent in providing ethical and individualized nursing care. They assessed themselves least competent in evaluating outcomes and further development of patient care. Their use of competence explained between 40% (helping) and 10% (managing) of the variance within the NCS competence categories. Critical thinking (CT) was the most prominent predictor for perception of competence in all competence categories and the overall competence, alone explaining between 20% (NCS total score) and 9% (managing) of the variance. The finding that CT was a significant predictor for perception of competence may indicate that developing nursing students' CT abilities is valuable to increase newly graduated nurses' perception of competence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 28, no 3, 170-181 p.
Keyword [en]
Critical thinking, Cross-sectional, Nurse competence, Nurse education, Regression analyses
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-38505DOI: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2011.11.014ISI: 000305044800007PubMedID: 22640949OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-38505DiVA: diva2:897811
Available from: 2016-01-26 Created: 2015-11-23 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved
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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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