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The Journal of Korean Academic Society of Nursing Education 2011;17(3):337-345.
Published online December 31, 2011.
Critical thinking disposition, stress of clinical practice and clinical competence of nursing students
Kim, In-Sook;Jang, Youn-Kyoung;Park, Su-Ho;Song, So-Hyeon;
1College of Nursing, Nursing Policy Research Institute, Yonsei University
2Honam University, Yonsei University
3Youngdong University
4Daegu Health College, Yonsei University
간호학생의 비판적 사고성향과 임상실습 스트레스 및 임상실습수행능력
김인숙, 장윤경, 박수호, 송소현
1연세대학교 간호대학, 연세대학교 간호정책연구소
2호남대학교 간호학과, 연세대학교
3영동대학교 간호학과
4대구보건대학 간호과, 연세대학교
This study was done to identify the relationship among Critical Thinking Disposition (CTD), stress of clinical practice and clinical competence in Korean nursing students. Methods: Participants were 407 baccalaureate nursing students (3rd and 4th grades) in Korea. Variables included CTD, stress of clinical practice, clinical competence, and demographic variables. Data was analyzed by frequencies, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson's correlation and multiple regression. Results: Clinical competence positively correlated with CTD, but negatively correlated with stress of clinical practice. The regression model explained 25.6% of clinical competence. The significant predictors of clinical competence were intellectual eagerness, intellectual fairness in CTD, conflict with patients, and clinical environment in stress of clinical practice. Conclusions: CTD and stress of clinical practice contribute to nursing student's clinical competence. Therefore, efforts to encourage nursing student's CTD, increase stress management skills, especially in conflict with patients, and build a supportive clinical environment should be made to strengthen clinical competence.
Key Words: Critical thinking dispositions, Stress of clinical practice, clinical competence, Nursing students

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