Undergraduate nursing students’ self-reported professional behaviour at the University of Namibia

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title Undergraduate nursing students’ self-reported professional behaviour at the University of Namibia
Creator Tomas, Nestor Ndjamba, Alpheus K. Munangatire, Takaedza
Subject Nursing ethics; professional values undergraduate; nursing student; professional behaviour; self-reported; caring
Description Background: Development of professional behaviour in nursing students is an important part of a nurse’s overall competence. Self-evaluation is one way of measuring professional behaviour amongst nursing students. However, studies on self-reported professional behaviour of nursing students are limited in Namibia.Aim: This study aimed to investigate nursing students’ self-reported professional behaviour at the University of Namibia.Setting: The setting was a university campus offering a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree in Namibia.Methods: A quantitative descriptive contextual design was used with 100 nursing students. Data were analysed descriptively using a non-parametric Kruskal–Wallis and ANOVA tests of variance and statistical significance.Results: High mean scores were found in the areas of utilising evidence-based solutions (4.78 ± 0.58), promoting clinical teaching (4.46 ± 0.94), willingness to implement quality improvement initiatives (4.34 ± 0.518), and protecting health, safety and patient’s rights (4.28 ± 0.55). The lowest mean scores were recorded in projecting professional image (2.22 ± 1.27), rendering evidence-based care (4.08 ± 0.44). The study found statistical significance difference between self-reported professional competency (p = 0.01) and quality care improvements (p = 0.02).Conclusion: In this study, nursing students’ self-reported professional behaviour was rated high (mean scores 4.0 out of 5). Despite this high rating, it cannot be concluded that the students were professionally competent. We recommend that professional behaviour be measured from both students’ and nurse educators’ or patients’ perspectives.Contribution: The findings from this study provide supplementary evidence on self-reported professional behaviour with implications on nursing education and practice.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2021-11-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Online survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v26i0.1703
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 26 (2021); 7 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
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Coverage Africa; South Africa; Namibia 2006-2021 16-35 years; male and female respondents; who are Christian or other religion
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Nestor Tomas, Alpheus K. Ndjamba, Takaedza Munangatire https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0