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A comparison of the nursing competence of graduates and diplomates from UK nursing programmes

By H.P. Bartlett, V. Simonite, E. Westcott and H.R. Taylor

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature on nursing competence measurement and reports the results of a comparative quantitative study of the competencies of Project 2000 diplomates and BA (Hons) Adult Nursing graduates from two UK nursing programmes.<br/> The findings reveal that graduates appear to overcome any initial limitations and become more competent than the diplomates in certain areas.<br/> Attention to social awareness and participation is necessary in both pre-registration programmes, whilst greater attention could be given to graduates' leadership and management development.<br/> Diplomates need support in their professional development if they are to achieve the same level of competence as graduates during the first post-qualifying year.<br/> There are implications for the level of support afforded to qualifying nurses in their first staff positions; preceptorship programmes could be an important means of assisting newly qualified staff to gain confidence. More research on nurse competencies with larger samples drawn from programmes across the UK is needed

Topics: RT
Year: 2000
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:17355
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