October 2, 2019

Study: Changes in new nurses’ competencies over 1 year in a nurse residency program

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

In this study, competency ratings increased significantly from 1 to 5 months and from 5 to 11 months in a nurse residency program.

Preceptors, nurse educators, and/or unit managers rated new nurse residents using The Appraisal of Nursing Practice, an observational rating based on Quality and Safety in Nursing Education standards.

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Of the 353 new nurses in the program, ratings for teamwork and evidence-based practice increased the most.

Future studies should assess factors affecting the development of nurse competencies in various settings, the researchers say.


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