The Level of Competence of Novice Registered Nurses

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INTRODUCTION Background of the Study For any newly licensed registered nurse about to embark on her nursing career, the concept of competence is of great personal and professional significance. Questions abound regarding what it means to be a competent nurse and how competence is measured. Nursing competency is defined by the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) as the “application of knowledge, interpersonal decision-making and psychomotor skills expected for the practice role within the context of public health.” (NCSBN, 2005, p. 1) Continuing competency is not new to healthcare, nor is it new to the nursing profession. Continuing competence is defined as “the ongoing commitment of a registered nurse to integrate and…show more content…
Is there a significant relationship in the level of competency of novice registered nurses in Bacolod City according to the variables of: 6.1 Age 6.2 Sex 6.3Hospital employed 7. Is there a significant relationship in the level of competency of novice registered nurses in Bacolod City according to the following competencies: 7.1 Patient care 7.2 Empowering 7.3 Enhancing 7.4 Enabling Hypotheses of the Study The study aims to prove the following hypotheses: 1. There is no significant relationship in the level of competence of novice registered nurses according to the variables of: 1.1 Age 1.2 Sex 1.3 Hospital employed 2. There is no significant relationship in the level of competence of novice registered nurses according to the following competencies: 2.1 Patient care 2.2 Empowering 2.3 Enhancing 2.4 Enabling Conceptual Framework The researcher will use the National Core Competency Standards for Filipino Nurses as a framework to determine the competence of novice registered nurses in Bacolod City. There are four competencies under the National Core Competency Standards for Filipino Nurses, namely: Patient Care, Empowering, Enhancing and Enabling Competencies. Under Patient Care Competencies there are four key areas of responsibilities: Safe and Quality Nursing Care, Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork, and Health Education. Under Empowering Competencies there are three key areas of responsibilities: Legal Responsibility,
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