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Perceptions of the clinical competence of newly registered nurses in the North West province

M.R. Moeti, S.E. van Niekerk, C.E. van Velden

Curationis; Vol 27, No 3 (2004), 72-84. doi: 10.4102/curationis.v27i3.1003

Submitted: 28 September 2004
Published:  28 September 2004


The clinical competence of newly registered nurses relating to the care of individual Clients, depends on their ability to correlate theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom with practice and the development of clinical skills. Its foundation lies in the ability to identify and solve problems that emanate from critical thinking, analytical reasoning and reflective practice. It is clear that the quality of clinical exposure plays a leading role in the development of nursing professionals. Nursing skills alone cannot ensure quality care of clients without the application of theory. Facilitation of this theory to practice therefore remains an essential component of nursing education. This study was aimed at identifying areas of incompetence of newly registered nurses (1998- 2001) in the clinical area by determining the newly registered nurses1 and professional nurses1 perceptions of the competence of the newly registered nurses. A quantitative, non-experimental, descriptive survey was used to collect the data regarding the clinical competence of newly registered nurses (1998-2001).

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M.R. Moeti, University of Pretoria, South Africa
S.E. van Niekerk, University of Pretoria, South Africa
C.E. van Velden, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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