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Professional competence: factors described by nurses as influencing their development.
Int Nurs Rev. 2006 Mar; 53(1):66-72.IN

Abstract

AIM

To discuss the results of a study that explored factors that may influence competence development.

BACKGROUND

Competence, a controversial issue in health care settings, affects many aspects of the nursing profession, including education, practice and management. Although a number of research and discussion papers have explored the issue, in particular the meaning and assessment of nursing competence, to date little research has explored factors identified by nurses themselves as influencing their development of professional competence.

METHODS

A purposive sample of 27 registered nurses was recruited from two university-affiliated hospitals. Data collection was by tape-recorded semi-structured interviews. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed according to the qualitative methodology of content analysis.

FINDINGS

Six descriptive categories were identified from the data: experience, opportunities, environment, personal characteristics, motivation and theoretical knowledge.

CONCLUSIONS

The findings suggest that the factors influencing the process of developing professional competence in nursing extend across personal and extra-personal domains. An understanding of these factors may enhance the ability of nursing managers and educators to enable student and qualified nurses to pursue effective competency development pathways to prepare them to provide a high standard of care. These findings, which may have important implications for nursing practice, management and education, are being further tested in a larger study.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Nursing School Guilan University of Medical Science, Bandaranzali, Iran. rtabari@gums.ac.irNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16430763

Citation

Khomeiran, R Tabari, et al. "Professional Competence: Factors Described By Nurses as Influencing Their Development." International Nursing Review, vol. 53, no. 1, 2006, pp. 66-72.
Khomeiran RT, Yekta ZP, Kiger AM, et al. Professional competence: factors described by nurses as influencing their development. Int Nurs Rev. 2006;53(1):66-72.
Khomeiran, R. T., Yekta, Z. P., Kiger, A. M., & Ahmadi, F. (2006). Professional competence: factors described by nurses as influencing their development. International Nursing Review, 53(1), 66-72.
Khomeiran RT, et al. Professional Competence: Factors Described By Nurses as Influencing Their Development. Int Nurs Rev. 2006;53(1):66-72. PubMed PMID: 16430763.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Professional competence: factors described by nurses as influencing their development. AU - Khomeiran,R Tabari, AU - Yekta,Z P, AU - Kiger,A M, AU - Ahmadi,F, PY - 2006/1/25/pubmed PY - 2006/4/12/medline PY - 2006/1/25/entrez SP - 66 EP - 72 JF - International nursing review JO - Int Nurs Rev VL - 53 IS - 1 N2 - AIM: To discuss the results of a study that explored factors that may influence competence development. BACKGROUND: Competence, a controversial issue in health care settings, affects many aspects of the nursing profession, including education, practice and management. Although a number of research and discussion papers have explored the issue, in particular the meaning and assessment of nursing competence, to date little research has explored factors identified by nurses themselves as influencing their development of professional competence. METHODS: A purposive sample of 27 registered nurses was recruited from two university-affiliated hospitals. Data collection was by tape-recorded semi-structured interviews. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed according to the qualitative methodology of content analysis. FINDINGS: Six descriptive categories were identified from the data: experience, opportunities, environment, personal characteristics, motivation and theoretical knowledge. CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest that the factors influencing the process of developing professional competence in nursing extend across personal and extra-personal domains. An understanding of these factors may enhance the ability of nursing managers and educators to enable student and qualified nurses to pursue effective competency development pathways to prepare them to provide a high standard of care. These findings, which may have important implications for nursing practice, management and education, are being further tested in a larger study. SN - 0020-8132 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16430763/Professional_competence:_factors_described_by_nurses_as_influencing_their_development_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-7657.2006.00432.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -