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A comparative study of professional competence of nurses who have completed different bridging programmes

ZZ Nkosi, LR Uys
Curationis | Vol 28, No 1 | a897 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v28i1.897 | © 2005 ZZ Nkosi, LR Uys | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2005 | Published: 28 September 2005

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ZZ Nkosi, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
LR Uys, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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The aim of the study was to compare professional competence of nurses who completed different bridging programmes. Forty professional nurses from two different bridging programmes participated in the study. The newly qualified registered nurses were all from the province of Kwazulu- Natal working in various hospitals.The researcher utilized Slater Nursing Competencies Rating Scale. The instrument had the following categories (a) psychosocial (individual), psychosocial (group), (c) physical needs, (d) general, (e) communication and (0 professional implications.
The results showed that newly qualified nurses from different bridging programmes were professionally competent. Age, experience and examination results had no relationship with the professional competency of the newly qualified nurse.


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