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Experiences of final year nursing students in their preparedness to become registered nurses

S Carlson, W J Kotzé, D van Rooyen
Curationis | Vol 28, No 4 | a1024 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v28i4.1024 | © 2005 S Carlson, W J Kotzé, D van Rooyen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2005 | Published: 28 September 2005

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S Carlson, Nursing science, Nelson Mandela metropolitan University, South Africa
W J Kotzé, Nursing science, Nelson Mandela metropolitan University, South Africa
D van Rooyen, Nursing science, Nelson Mandela metropolitan University

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Abstract

The objectives of this study were: firstly, to explore and describe the experiences of final year nursing students relating to how they experience their preparedness to fulfil the role of professional nurse; secondly, to explore and describe the experiences of novice professional nurses in the role of professional nurse; finally, to generate a model which will assist the final year nursing student to become a professional nurse. A theory-generative, qualitative, explorative, descriptive and contextual research design was utilized to reach the objectives of the study. Results indicated that final year nursing students experience a lack of confidence to take on the responsibilities of professional nursing. The results are displayed in table form and discussed in the article. This abstract forms part of a bigger study that addresses the professional maturity of the novice professional nurse for the practice of nursing.

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