Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Effects of Professional Growth-Need Strength on Nursing Competencies: A Care-Task Design and Clinical Reasoning Program

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Department of Public Relations, Chung-Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan

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Department of Nursing, Chung-Shan Medical University College of Medicine, Chung-Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2024; 32: 10-16
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2024.23101
Read: 353 Downloads: 102 Published: 28 February 2024

AIM: The study aimed to examine the relationship among professional growth-need strength, care-task characteristics, critical thinking, and holistic nursing competencies after a care-task design and clinical reasoning program intervention in nursing students.

METHODS: This study used a longitudinal study design. The study was conducted from August 12, 2019 to July 30, 2020. Participants were thirdyear nursing students of a medical university. Data were collected by questionnaires at three time points. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the relationship among all measures variables.

RESULTS: A total of 91 students participated in the study. The results show that growth-need strength had a significant positive effect on caretask characteristic and critical thinking and a nonsignificant effect on holistic nursing competencies. Care-task characteristics, however, had a significant positive effect on critical thinking, resulting in improvement in holistic nursing competencies. It is worth noting that the moderating effect of growth-need strength on care-task characteristics and nursing competence relationships could not be established.

CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest the importance of improving students’ perceived care-task characteristics through an objective structured clinical examination and, at the same time, promoting students’ critical thinking and improving their professional abilities.

Cite this article as: Yu, C.H., Wu, P.L., & Pai, H.C. (2024). Effects of professional growth-need strength on nursing competencies: A care-task design and clinical reasoning program. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 32(1), 10-16.

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