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Clinical competence among senior nursing students after their preceptorship experiences.
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PMID:  18053963     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The senior nursing preceptorship is the culminating clinical experience in the baccalaureate nursing program and assists students in the application of their nursing knowledge and skills. Students' success in getting their first job may also depend on this clinical preceptorship. How well they learn to practice their nursing skills before graduating may determine the success of their transition from being a student nurse to becoming a staff nurse. This descriptive study explored the perceptions of senior baccalaureate nursing students about their clinical preceptorship program. Perceptions were examined in relation to (a) the degree of students' interaction with the preceptor and (b) the degree of their perceptions of competence in using the nursing process. Data were collected from 102 senior nursing students with the use of a 52-item survey questionnaire that included opinion and competence statements. The results suggest that the clinical preceptorship program increased the overall perceived competence of 91 of the 102 nursing students. With a greater amount of preceptor interaction, there was a greater degree of perceived competence in nursing skills among the students. Ninety-six percent of the students rated their relationship with their preceptor as important to very important. The results also identified strong and weak areas of perceived clinical skills in the students. These results will help in facilitating future senior nursing preceptorship placements.
Kimberly H Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of professional nursing : official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1532-8481     ISO Abbreviation:  J Prof Nurs     Publication Date:    2007 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-06     Completed Date:  2008-01-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511298     Medline TA:  J Prof Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  369-75     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA 94542, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Competence*
Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate*
Interpersonal Relations
Middle Aged
Nursing Process
Program Evaluation

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