The effects of interprofessional education - Self-reported professional competence among prehospital emergency care nursing students on the point of graduation - A cross-sectional study.
2017 (English)In: International Emergency Nursing, ISSN 1755-599X, E-ISSN 1878-013X, S1755-599X(16)30143-4Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
The aim of the study was to investigate whether interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaboration (IPC) during the educational program had an impact on prehospital emergency care nurses' (PECN) self-reported competence towards the end of the study program. A cross-sectional study using the Nurse Professional Competence (NPC) Scale was conducted. A comparison was made between PECN students from Finland who experienced IPE and IPC in the clinical setting, and PECN students from Sweden with no IPE and a low level of IPC. Forty-one students participated (Finnish n=19, Swedish n=22). The self-reported competence was higher among the Swedish students. A statistically significant difference was found in one competence area; legislation in nursing and safety planning (p<0.01). The Finnish students scored significantly higher on items related to interprofessional teamwork. Both the Swedish and Finnish students' self-reported professional competence was relatively low according to the NPC Scale. Increasing IPC and IPE in combination with offering a higher academic degree may be an option when developing the ambulance service and the study program for PECNs.
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Emergency medical services, NPC Scale, Nurse Professional Competence Scale, Nurse education, Prehospital, Prehospital emergency care nurse, Self-assessment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-2617DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2017.02.004PubMedID: 28325485OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-2617DiVA: diva2:1084133