Registered general nurses’ perceptions of the factors that influence the nurse’s frequency of engagement in activities for the ongoing maintenance of professional competence in Ireland

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dc.contributor.advisor Hegarty, Josephine en
dc.contributor.author Heffernan, Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-18T10:29:22Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.date.submitted 2017
dc.identifier.citation Heffernan, E. A. 2017. Registered general nurses’ perceptions of the factors that influence the nurse’s frequency of engagement in activities for the ongoing maintenance of professional competence in Ireland. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3985
dc.description.abstract Introduction: Under the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 registered nurses and midwives will be required to demonstrate ongoing professional competence through a professional competence scheme to be developed by the NMBI. Aims: To establish perceptions of registered general nurses in relation to 1) factors that influence the nurse’s frequency of engagement in activities for ongoing maintenance of professional competence, and 2) potential processes and components of a professional competence scheme. Method: A descriptive correlational cross-sectional survey design was employed. RGNs (n=585) working in acute, primary and continuing care settings completed an online multi-section, multi item questionnaire incorporating CWEQ-II Empowerment Scale (Laschinger et al. 2001). Results: There was variation in the frequency of nurses’ engagement in activities for the ongoing maintenance of professional competence over the previous 3 years, and nurses were moderately empowered. In the final multiple linear regression model, having more than one registration (p=0.008), being male (p=0.048), access to support (p<0.001), and greater perceived informal power (p=0.017) were associated with greater frequency of engagement in activities. A perception of more barriers was associated with less frequent engagement in activities (p=0.003). Higher perceptions of engagement in future activities was associated with greater frequency of engagement in activities (p<0.001). Cumulatively, independent variables accounted for 43.56% (R2 adjusted) variance in the frequency of engagement in activities. In relation to the potential processes and components of a professional competence scheme, nurses articulated a preference for: engaging in CPD with credits, working in a role where a general qualification is required, maintaining a professional portfolio, developing a learning plan, informal reflection, and self-assessment of competence. Conclusion: Study contributes to increasing understanding of factors linked to augmentation of the activities that nurses engage in. A large proportion of the nurses did not engage frequently in activities for the ongoing maintenance of professional competence. The barriers need to be addressed to ensure that all nurses have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities for their ongoing professional competence. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2017, Elizabeth Anne Heffernan. en
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dc.subject Registered nurses en
dc.subject Ongoing professional competence en
dc.subject Engagement in activities en
dc.subject Level of empowerment en
dc.subject Facilitators and barriers en
dc.subject Processes and components of a professional competence scheme en
dc.title Registered general nurses’ perceptions of the factors that influence the nurse’s frequency of engagement in activities for the ongoing maintenance of professional competence in Ireland en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral Degree (Structured) en
dc.type.qualificationname Doctor of Nursing Practice en
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dc.check.date 2022-05-17T10:29:22Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Nursing and Midwifery en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
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dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Summer 2017 en


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