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Clinical competence of neonatal intensive care nursing students: How do we evaluate the application of knowledge in students of postgraduate certificate in neonatal intensive care nursing?

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Bromley, P, Clinical competence of neonatal intensive care nursing students: How do we evaluate the application of knowledge in students of postgraduate certificate in neonatal intensive care nursing?, The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 20, (4) pp. 140-146. ISSN 1355-1841 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Neonatal Nurses Association

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jnn.2014.02.002

Abstract

This paper represents preliminary research into understanding the context of competence in post graduate student nurses undertaking any certificate in neonatal intensive care in Australia. The paper explores literature that discusses the evaluation of clinical competence in nursing.

Two main themes emerged from this review. Firstly there is confusion regarding the terminology around competence, competent, competency and competencies which has contributed to the use of unreliable and invalid evaluation methods. Secondly, the three most common methods used to evaluate competence (direct observation, self-assessment and practice portfolios), lack reliability and validity; the processes are subjective and assessors may be making judgements on imperfect evidence.

The review demonstrates there is no clear consensus on the concept of competence for nursing students undertaking postgraduate education neonatal intensive care in Australia. It is necessary to contextualise competence for neonatal intensive care nursing students, to generate evidence for valid and reliable evaluation of clinical performance.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:competence, evaluation, neonatal intensive care, postgraduate student nurse
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Bromley, P (Ms Patricia Bromley)
ID Code:97480
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-12-18
Last Modified:2015-04-22
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