Abstract Ferrara - Relationship of Work Experience to Clinical and Leadership Competence of Advanced Practice Nursing Students

Relationship of Work Experience to Clinical and Leadership Competence of Advanced Practice Nursing Students

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TITLE Relationship of Work Experience to Clinical and Leadership Competence of Advanced Practice Nursing Students
 
RESEARCHER Lucille R. Ferrara
School of Advanced Studies
University of Phoenix
Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation: April 2008

OBJECTIVE
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between nursing experience and critical thinking and leadership skills of first degree APN graduate nursing students compared to accelerated second degree APN graduate nursing students.

METHODOLOGY
The population were all graduate APN students (N=160) in their last year of study, further divided into two groups: first degree APN graduate nursing students and accelerated second degree APN graduate nursing students, and 99 (61%) completed all three instruments: the Leadership Practices Inventory, the WGCTA Form S (Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal), and the Nurse Practitioner Profile Demographic. Participants were female (93%), on average 36 years of age, with an average of 8.4 years of nursing experience.

KEY FINDINGS
There was a direct correlation between nursing years of experience and Enable Others to Act and Challenge the Process. Those with non-nursing educations scored significantly higher on Challenge, Inspire, and Transformational Leadership (combined scores from all five leadership practices).

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