Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to gain the information how to evaluate the performances of nursing education programs for nursing students in their clinical competence.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to gain the information how to design orientation programs for newly graduated nurses of the network generations.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted by using a structured questionnaire and a convenience sampling method. The instrument was tested with third and fourth year baccalaureate nursing students (n= 446) in southern Taiwan. Face and content validity, construct validity and Cronbach’s coefficient alpha were assessed.
Results: The scale demonstrated internal consistency (Cronbach’s coefficient alpha: 0.97). Each subscale demonstrated high internal consistency: 0.95, 0.90, and 0.91 respectively. Exploratory factor analysis classified a three – component structure in the results, accounting for 67.84% of the total variance. There were three factors of the Students’ Nursing Competence Scale, including professional practice skills (14items, M = 3.91 ± 0.61), professional humanity skills (6 items, M = 4.27 ± 0.58), and self - development skills (4 items, M = 3.86 ± 0.77). The average score of Students’ Nursing Competence Scale was 3.99 ± 0.58 (scale 0 - 5), indicating approximately 80 percent of performances on nursing competence. The influencing factors of nursing competence were the variables of the grade, applying for student’s loans, the score of practicum achievement, and the degrees of interests to nursing, and they accounted for 16.2% of the total variance.
Conclusion: The results of this study develop a reliable and valid scale for nurse educators to evaluate the performances of nursing education programs and provide information for nurse managers to design orientation programs for newly graduated nurses.