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MAKIE, Vatiswa et al. Operational nurse managers' perceptions on the competence of community service nurses in public settings in the Western Cape. Curationis [online]. 2021, vol.44, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2223-6279.

BACKGROUND: Community service nurses placed in the Western Cape Government public health facilities render essential healthcare to underserved populations. Anecdotal evidence from operational nurse managers indicated concerns that community service nurses may lack competence in basic required nursing competencies OBJECTIVES: To investigate operational nurse managers' perceptions of the competence of community service nurses in public health facilities in the Western Cape METHOD: A quantitative survey was conducted with an all-inclusive sample of 297 operational nurse managers in the Western Cape. A self-administered questionnaire with 65 questions with a 4-point rating scale was used to rate perceived competence of community service nurses across the South African Nursing Council (SANC) competencies. Descriptive and inferential statistics were calculated per competency domain RESULTS: The survey (response rate: 59%) showed that the operational nurse managers perceived the community service nurses to be competent in the clinical patient care domain and mostly either developing proficiency or proficient in the SANC competencies of legal framework and ethical practice, interprofessional relationships, leadership, quality management and management competency domains CONCLUSION: Community service nurses were found to be competent in the clinical patient care, possibly because of the integration of theory and practice focus of work-integrated learning in the programme. Education and practice supportive strategies for community service nurses should be developed to support the successful transition from students to community service nurses, especially around the development of research and critical thinking skills

Palavras-chave : competencies; community service nurse; professional nurses; public healthcare; clinical patient care.

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