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Impact of a critical care postgraduate certificate course on nurses' self-reported competence and confidence: A quasi-experimental study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing. School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
2018 (English)In: Nurse Education Today, ISSN 0260-6917, E-ISSN 1532-2793, Vol. 65, p. 156-161Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Postgraduate education is said to support the development of nurses' professional competence and confidence, essential to the delivery of safe and effective care. However, there is a shortness of empirical evidence to demonstrate an increase to nurses' self-reported confidence and competence on completion of critical care postgraduate certificate-level education.

Objectives: To explore the impact of a critical care postgraduate certificate course on nurses' self-reported competence and confidence. To explore the psychometric properties and performance of the Critical Care Competence and Confidence Questionnaire.

Design: A quasi-experimental pre/post-test design.

Participants: A total population sample of nurses completing a critical care postgraduate certificate course at an Australian University.

Methods: The Critical Care Competence and Confidence Questionnaire was developed for this study to measure nurses' self-reported competence and confidence at baseline and follow up. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to explore sample characteristics and changes between baseline and follow-up. Reliability of the questionnaire was explored using Cronbach's Alpha and item-total correlations.

Results: There was a statistically significant increase in competence and confidence between baseline and follow-up across all questionnaire domains. Satisfactory reliability estimates were found for the questionnaire.

Conclusions: Completion of a critical care postgraduate certificate course significantly increased nurses' perceived competence and confidence. The Critical Care Competence and Confidence Questionnaire was found to be psychometrically sound for measuring nurses' self-reported competence and confidence.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 65, p. 156-161
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Nursing, Competence, Confidence, Critical care, Postgraduate, Education, Self-report, Quasi- perimental
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-148013DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2018.03.004ISI: 000431747100025PubMedID: 29579568OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-148013DiVA, id: diva2:1211400
Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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