Preceptors' Subjective Competency Ratings in Acute Care Hospitals in Taiwan

Su Ru Chen, Hsiao Ting Chiu, Li Min Lin, Pi Chu Lin

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BACKGROUND: This study focused on developing a Subjective Competency Scale (SCS) in acute care hospitals and identified factors that affect preceptors' competency to precept new graduate nurses (NGNs). METHOD: This study was conducted in two stages that included collecting information on preceptor training courses and conducting a cross-sectional questionnaire survey. A total of 350 preceptors completed the survey in 2011. The validity and reliability of the SCS were determined. RESULTS: An SCS was developed using 22 items and five factors: teaching/assessment skills, interpersonal/communication skills, confidence/self-assurance, problem-solving/stress-coping skills, and self-reflection. These explained 69.73% of the variance. Cronbach's alpha for these five factors of scale ranged from .715 to .889. Preceptors' subjective competency was correlated positively with age, years as a nurse, years as a preceptor, willingness to be a preceptor, and self-rated relationship with NGNs (p < .001). CONCLUSION: The SCS exhibited high validity and reliability; therefore, it can be used for future preceptors' subjective competency assessment and evaluation. [J Contin Educ Nurs. 2019;50(2):69-78.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-78
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2019

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Taiwan
nurse
rating
Nurses
Reproducibility of Results
self-assurance
graduate
interpersonal communication
Psychological Adaptation
reflexivity
communication skills
Teaching
coping
Cross-Sectional Studies
confidence
Communication
questionnaire
evaluation
Surveys and Questionnaires

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  • Education
  • Review and Exam Preparation

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Preceptors' Subjective Competency Ratings in Acute Care Hospitals in Taiwan. / Chen, Su Ru; Chiu, Hsiao Ting; Lin, Li Min; Lin, Pi Chu.

In: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, Vol. 50, No. 2, 01.02.2019, p. 69-78.

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