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Self esteem, competence assessment and nurses ability to write reflectively: Is there any connection?


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Background: Since the introduction of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, nurses practicing in New Zealand are required by law to have evidence to support they are competent to practice. However many nurses have become distraught and / or angry at this prospect. From experience, the researcher suggests that this response appears to be more commonly related to the expectation of undertaking reflective writing, which is a key component of the competence evidence.
Aim: To explore the predisposing factors relating to nursing, reflective writing and competence to determine how this may impact on a nurse’s self esteem.
Method: Utilisation of Critical Social Theory informed by feminist framework allows for exploration of the historical, social, political and cultural factors that shape and form female nurses reality in practice. It is a theory that relates to oppression and power, with the primary intent being to raise consciousness in order to emancipate.
Findings: Although no definitive findings were made, there are multiple factors relating to nurse’s history, socialisation, political imperatives and cultural beliefs that have the potential to impact on their self esteem. Competence, competence assessment and reflective practice are complex, therefore presenting multiple challenges.
Conclusion: In order for nurses to understand their contextual reality and opportunities for change there is a need for them to engage in critical reflection. As context has the potential to have a significant impact on nurses self esteem, further research is needed to understand how it may influence nurses, their practice and the nursing profession.

Item Type: Graduate student work
Additional Information: 30 credit postgraduate research project
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003; Critical Social Theory; contextual reality
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
Depositing User: Sarah-Jane Saravani
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2008 21:20
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:12

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