Competence of Nurses and Factors Associated With It
Materials and Methods. A multicenter, descriptive study was performed in 11 surgical wards of 7 Lithuanian hospitals. Data were collected from November 2007 to January 2008. Lithuanian nurses (n=218) who were working with patients after abdominal surgery participated in this study. The response rate was 91%. Two instruments, both originally developed in Finland, were used: the Nurse Competence Scale and the Good Nursing Care Scale for Nurses.
Results. The overall level of nurse competence and the frequency of using the competencies in practice as perceived by nurses were high. Nurses assessed the competencies in managing situations and work role the highest and in teaching-coaching and ensuring quality the lowest. Sociodemographic factors such as nurse education, experience, professional development, independence, and work satisfaction as well as the evaluation of quality of nursing care were identified as factors associated with nurse competence.
Conclusions. The findings of study allow us to make the assumption that nurse education, nurse experience, and nurse professional development play a significant role in the evaluation of nurse competence as well as the evaluation of quality of nursing care. It is necessary to upgrade nursing education programs at all levels of nursing education in Lithuania: university, non-university, and professional development courses. The qualities of preconditions for nursing care, cooperation with relatives, caring and supporting initiative are related to nurse competence.
Istomina, N.; Suominen, T.; Razbadauskas, A.; Martinkėnas, A.; Meretoja, R.; Leino-Kilpi, H. Competence of Nurses and Factors Associated With It. Medicina 2011, 47, 33.
Istomina N, Suominen T, Razbadauskas A, Martinkėnas A, Meretoja R, Leino-Kilpi H. Competence of Nurses and Factors Associated With It. Medicina. 2011; 47(4):33.Chicago/Turabian Style
Istomina, Natalja; Suominen, Tarja; Razbadauskas, Artūras; Martinkėnas, Arvydas; Meretoja, Riitta; Leino-Kilpi, Helena. 2011. "Competence of Nurses and Factors Associated With It." Medicina 47, no. 4: 33.