A Study of Nursing Competence for Nursing Graduates Among Different Vocational Education Programs

  • Yu-Ching TuEmail author
  • Cheng-Chieh Tsai
  • Hsiu-Rong Cheng
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 785)


This cross-sectional study explored nursing students’ professional competency and examined the differences of nursing professional competence among three vocational education programs. Self-administered questionnaires were used to investigate nursing students’ professional competency including the ability to take care of patients, communication, teaching, management, research, and self/professional growth dimensions. Participants’ mean competency score was 3.50 ± 0.61 (total = 5 points). Professional competency significantly differed among students of different vocational education programs; continue-two-year-program students and four-year-program students were more competent than five-year-program students (F = 11.165, p < .001). Furthermore, there were significant differences in female students of different vocational education programs with respect to competency; continue-two-year-program students were more competent than five-year-program students (F = 11.599, p < .001). Professional competency significantly differed in terms of the length of nursing students’ vocational education. Evaluating nursing students’ competency might be useful as an indicator of nursing education outcomes.


Nurse competence Nursing graduates Nursing education Vocational education Patient safety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu-Ching Tu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cheng-Chieh Tsai
    • 1
  • Hsiu-Rong Cheng
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NursingChung-Hwa University of Medical TechnologyTainanTaiwan

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