The Trajectory Of Competence Development Of Nursing Students Of A Four-year BSN Program And Related Factors | 65872
Journal of Nursing & Care
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Since 2006, eight core competences were proposed by Taiwan Nursing Accreditation Council for 4-year BSN program. This paper
reported a 5-year longitudinal study examining the trajectory of competence development of nursing students of four-year BSN
program and related factors. A total of 119 students who enrolled into a 4-year BSN program during 2011 to 2015 were included. They
filled-out a structured questionnaire at the end of every semester from their sophomore year to graduation. The results revealed that
students had various levels of nursing competencies on their entrance. One big growth was found in their second year after starting
clinical practice, indicating the significance of exposure to clinical settings. At their 4th year before graduation, all the students
could achieve up to 80% of the 8 core nursing competencies. Among the 8 competencies, “ethical” and “accountable” were the two
which always ranked top. The levels of competencies were not correlated significantly with their anxiety levels which were ranged
at light moderate. Communication ability accounted most of the variances of total competence scores. Time management had the
most significant influence on all 8 competencies. The finding suggested enhancing the curriculum on communication and time
management for nursing students.
Yann-Fen C Chao completed her PhD study from Rush University College of Nursing in 1991. Currently, she is a Professor and Chair of Department of Nursing at Mackay Medical College in New Taipei City, Taiwan. She published more than 100 research papers with 41 in SCI journals. She also has served as an Editorial Board Member of an SCI journal. Her research areas were patient safety, symptom management and nursing education.