Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Self-Reported Competence of Entry-Level Registered Nurses
by Pascarelli, Pamela, D.N.P., The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2017, 62; 10685639
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to describe newly graduated nurses’ self-reported perception of competence at the commencement of their first job as a registered nurse. Participants were new graduate nurses starting their first job in nursing in the acute care setting. Data was collected using the Nurse Professional Competence scale (Nilsson et al., 2014) between November 2016 and June 2017 in one hospital network. The tool includes eight areas of competence which are divided into two themes. Theme one is patient related nursing and theme two is nursing care organization and development. The survey was administered in a paper and pencil format at the start of the nursing orientation program. Demographic data collected included gender, age, months since licensed, highest nursing degree and prior work experience in health care. Findings revealed that nurses perceived themselves as most competent in the areas of value-based nursing care, teaching/learning support, and legislation in nursing and safety planning and least competent in the area of education and supervision of staff and students. Theme one competencies’ scores were higher than theme two competencies. There was a statistically significant finding among nurses who graduated with an accelerated BSN degree as compared to those with an ADN degree in the competence areas of medical technical care (p=0.040) and teaching learning support (p=.007). In addition, those nurses who had prior pre-licensure experience in healthcare related clerical roles had a statistically significant (p=.040) difference in the leadership and development in nursing competence area as compared to those with experience in other health care related jobs. The results of the study provide guidance to academia and practice in identifying new graduates’ areas of strengths and weaknesses to ensure safe entry-level nursing practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jurado, Leo Felix
Commitee: Fuentes, David, Jimenez, Ramonita
School: The William Paterson University of New Jersey
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-B 79/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Keywords: Entry level registered nurse, New graduate registered nurse, Nurse professional competence scale, Registered nurse competence, Self reported nurse competence
Publication Number: 10685639
ISBN: 978-0-355-54918-8
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