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Perceptions of perioperative nursing competence: a cross-country comparison
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Griffith University, Gold Coast QLD, Australia; Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Gold Coast QLD, Australia; National Centre of Research Excellence in Nursing, Griffith University, Gold Coast QLD, Australia.
National Centre of Research Excellence in Nursing, Griffith University, Gold Coast QLD, Australia; Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, Gold Coast QLD, Australia.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. (Centre for Perioperative Nursing)
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. (Centre for Perioperative Nursing)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5403-4183
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2018 (English)In: BMC Nursing, ISSN 1472-6955, E-ISSN 1472-6955, Vol. 17, article id 12Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Throughout many countries, professional bodies rely on yearly self-assessment of competence for ongoing registration; therefore, nursing competence is pivotal to safe clinical practice. Our aim was to describe and compare perioperative nurses' perceptions of competence in four countries, while examining the effect of specialist education and years of experience in the operating room.

Methods: We conducted a secondary analysis of cross-sectional surveys from four countries including; Australia, Canada, Scotland, and Sweden. The 40-item Perceived Perioperative Competence Scale-Revised (PPCS-R), was used with a total sample of 768 respondents. We used a factorial design to examine the influence of country, years of experience in the operating room and specialist education on nurses' reported perceived perioperative competence.

Results: Regardless of country origin, nurses with specialist qualifications reported higher perceived perioperative competence when compared to nurses without specialist education. However, cross-country differences were dependent on nurses' number of years of experience in the operating room. Nurses from Sweden with 6-10 years of experience in the operating room reported lower perceived perioperative competence when compared to Australian nurses. In comparing nurses with >10 years of experience, Swedish nurses reported significantly lower perceived perioperative competence when compared to nurses from Australia, Canada and Scotland.

Conclusion: Researchers need to consider educational level and years of experience in the perioperative context when examining constructs such as competence.

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BioMed Central, 2018. Vol. 17, article id 12
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Perioperative nursing; Competence; Cross-national; Survey; Patient safety
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-66346DOI: 10.1186/s12912-018-0284-0ISI: 000429063700001PubMedID: 29632435Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044847473OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-66346DiVA, id: diva2:1195133
Available from: 2018-04-04 Created: 2018-04-04 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved

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