Child Health Nurs Res.  2022 Jul;28(3):167-175. 10.4094/chnr.2022.28.3.167.

Development and evaluation of a pediatric nursing competency-building program for nursing students in South Korea: a quasi-experimental study

Affiliations
  • 1Professor, College of Nursing, Research Institute of Nursing Science, Daegu Catholic University, Daegu, Korea
  • 2Doctoral Candidate, College of Nursing, Daegu Catholic University, Daegu, Korea

Abstract

Purpose
The present study aimed to develop and examine the effectiveness of a pediatric nursing competency-building program for nursing students.
Methods
This was a quasi-experimental study with a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design conducted between October and December 2021. The participants included 40 nursing students (20 each in the experimental and control groups) at a university in a South Korean city. The pediatric nursing competency-building program integrated problem-based learning and simulation into clinical field practice. The experimental group participated in the program, while the control group did not. Data were analyzed using the x2 test, the independent t-test, and repeated-measures analysis of variance.
Results
Pediatric nursing competency and clinical performance showed a greater increase in the experimental group than in the control group. However, the change in problem-solving ability in the experimental group was not significantly different from that in the control group.
Conclusion
The pediatric nursing competency-building program effectively improved students' pediatric nursing competency and clinical performance.

Keyword

Pediatric nursing; Problem-based learning; Simulation training; Clinical competence; Students, nursing
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