Assessment of Nursing Student Confidence Using the Clinical Skills Self-Efficacy Scale

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Abstract

Student self-efficacy related to clinical skills is important to successful performance in the clinical setting. This pilot study was designed to evaluate the confidence levels of junior and senior nursing students in performing selected nursing skills, using the Clinical Skills Self-Efficacy Scale. A descriptive cross-sectional design was used in which participants completed an online survey. Findings indicate that senior students demonstrated higher self-efficacy than juniors; their experiences and confidence related to performing specific clinical skills varied across groups. Strategies to improve students’ clinical skills learning specific to the laboratory and clinical settings are addressed.

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