University of Oulu

Kaarlela, V., Mikkonen, K., Pohjamies, N., Ruuskanen, S., Kääriäinen, M., Kuivila, H.-M., & Haapa, T. (2022). Competence of clinical nurse educators in university hospitals: A cross-sectional study. Nordic Journal of Nursing Research.

Competence of clinical nurse educators in university hospitals : a cross-sectional study

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Author: Kaarlela, Veera1; Mikkonen, Kristina1; Pohjamies, Netta2;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Finland
2Musculoskeletal and Plastic Surgery, Helsinki University and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
3Children and Adolescents, Helsinki University and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
4Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
5The Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care: A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence, Helsinki, Finland
6Nursing Research Center, Helsinki University and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: SAGE Publications, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-03-30


The role of clinical nurse educators is essential in improving the quality of mentoring, supporting students’ learning and professional development during clinical training. The purpose was to explore the competence profiles of clinical nurse educators and background factors associated with these profiles. Data of this cross-sectional study were collected from clinical nurse educators (n = 19) at Finnish university hospitals, using two instruments measuring the competence of healthcare educators. Data were analysed with K-means clustering and two profiles were identified based on sum variables. Significance between the differences of Profile 1 and Profile 2 was evaluated by comparing independent groups. The STROBE checklist was used as the reporting guideline for the manuscript. Educators’ competence varied between intermediate (2.50–3.49) and high (≥ 3.50) levels, and self-assessment of the Profile 1 was average higher than those in Profile 2. The results can be used to identify and develop the competence of clinical nurse educators and to consolidate the role and position of clinical nurse educators within healthcare education.

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Series: Nordic journal of nursing research
ISSN: 2057-1585
ISSN-E: 2057-1593
ISSN-L: 2057-1585
Volume: In press
DOI: 10.1177/20571585211066018
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3141 Health care science
316 Nursing
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