Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Thinking about the nursing competences]


APRIL 30, 2016

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2016;29(02)

[Nursing is a complex profession consisting of several vocational skills such as empathy, theoretical, clinical, ethical, and communication skills. Beside these, technical knowledge is also essential for a nurse. The conventional methods of knowledge transfer are less and less able to meet the changed requests of the labor market. As a result of that nurse education has adapted to these changes, therefore the aim of the recent education system is to bring the acquisition of skills and competencies into prominence by using simulations as a helpful teaching strategy. Although for nurses working bedside at present improving their adequate technical skills still needs to be solved. The author wants to draw attention to the importance of maintaining and improving the acquired nursing competences, and that unregulated nursing competences are also important to be revised.]


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