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Nurse professional competence (NPC) assessed among newly graduated nurses in higher educational institutions in Europe

Journal article
Authors J Nilsson
M Mischo-Kelling
A Thiekoetter
D Deufert
A Cruz Mendes
A Fernandes
J W Kirchhoff
Margret Lepp
Published in Nordic Journal of Nursing Research Vol. 39(3) 159–167
Volume 39
Issue 3
Pages 159-167
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 159-167
Language en
Keywords European network nursing academies, nursing competence, nursing education, nursing students, NPC Scale
Subject categories Educational Sciences, Health Sciences, Pedagogy, Didactics, Learning, Pedagogical Work


Abstract Nursing education will play an important role in further advancing healthcare transformation in the future. The aim of this study was to assess and compare nursing education and self-reported professional competence among nursing students graduating with a bachelor’s degree from higher education institutions in Europe. Data were collected using the Nurse Professional Competence Scale including 88 items and eight competence areas. In total, 752 nursing students at 11 higher education institutions in Europe participated in the study, with a response rate of 88.7%. The highest measured mean scores were found in the competence areas ‘Value-based nursing care’ and ‘Medical technical care’ and the lowest were found in ‘Legislation in nursing and safety planning’ and ‘Education and supervision of staff and students’. Nursing students in central Europe scored significantly higher on seven out of the eight competence areas than nursing students in northern and southern Europe. In order to standardize and further develop nursing education in Europe, the assessment of nursing-related competences is of crucial importance.

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