Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Experienced Critical Care RN's Perception of New Graduate RNs Competence in Critical Care Using Benner's Novice to Expert
by Reid, Denise H., M.S.N., Gardner-Webb University, 2010, 53; 1491105
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the study was to describe the experienced critical care RNs’ perception of the new graduate RNs’ competence in critical care areas. Using the Six-Dimension Scale of Nursing Performance (Six-D Scale) by Patricia Schwirian, experienced nurses from critical care areas with at least three years of experience were asked to rate new graduate RNs in their critical care area on specific nursing activities. Benner’s theory of Novice to Expert is used as the theoretical framework. Findings revealed that experienced critical care RNs perception of new graduate RNs is greater than expected. All activities on the Six-D Scale were performed at least “occasionally”. Of the six subcategories, Professional Development had the greatest overall mean score. Teaching/Collaboration and Leadership had the least scores. Implications from the study show involving experienced nurses in selection, educating, and mentoring of new staff can be pivotal to each person’s success, departmental success, and improved recruitment and retention. Linking relationships between the experienced critical care RN and the new graduate RN can contribute.

Key words: competence, experienced nurse’s perception, new graduate RN, Benner, Six-D Scale, critical care

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Walker, Vickie
Commitee: Beck-Little, Rebecca, Hodge, Mary A., Miller, Cindy
School: Gardner-Webb University
Department: School of Nursing
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health education
Keywords: Benner, Patricia, Competence, Critical care, Experienced nurses' perception, New graduate RN, Six-D Scale
Publication Number: 1491105
ISBN: 978-1-124-58967-1
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