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Registered nurses' perceptions of new nursing graduates' clinical competence: a systematic integrative review

Missen, Karen, McKenna, Lisa and Beauchamp, Alison 2016, Registered nurses' perceptions of new nursing graduates' clinical competence: a systematic integrative review, Nursing and health sciences, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 143-153, doi: 10.1111/nhs.12249.

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Title Registered nurses' perceptions of new nursing graduates' clinical competence: a systematic integrative review
Author(s) Missen, Karen
McKenna, Lisa
Beauchamp, AlisonORCID iD for Beauchamp, Alison orcid.org/0000-0001-6555-6200
Journal name Nursing and health sciences
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 143
End page 153
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-06
ISSN 1442-2018
Keyword(s) competence
experienced nurse
systematic review
new nursing graduates
work-readiness
Summary Over the past decade, many questions have been raised about graduates' clinical competence and fitness for practice upon completion of their undergraduate education. Despite the significance of this issue, the perspectives of registered nurses have rarely been examined. This systematic review explores the perceptions of experienced registered nurses regarding the clinical competence of new nursing graduates. Original research studies published between 2004-2014 were identified using electronic databases, reference lists, and by searching "grey literature." Papers were critically reviewed and relevant data extracted and synthesized using an approach based on Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis. From 153 studies initially identified, 15 original research papers were included. Four main research themes were identified: clinical/technical skills, critical thinking, interaction/communication, and overall readiness for practice. Areas of concern in relation to the clinical competence of new nursing graduates specifically related to two themes: critical thinking and clinical/technical skills. Further research is required on strategies identified within the literature with the ultimate aim of ensuring new nursing graduates are safe and competent practitioners.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/nhs.12249
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health And Health Services
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Wiley
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