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Journal for Nurses in Professional Development:
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000076
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Direct Care Registered Nurses’ and Nursing Leaders’ Review of the Clinical Competencies Needed for the Successful Nurse of the Future: A Gap Analysis

Strong, Margaret DNP, RN, NE-BC; Kane, Irene PhD, RN, CNAA, HFS; Petras, Denise DNP, RN-BC; Johnson-Joy, Cheryl PhD, RN; Weingarten, Joseph PhD

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Abstract

Direct care nurses and nurse leaders were surveyed on their perceptions of the appropriateness, importance, and use in daily practice of 10 clinical nursing competencies needed for nurses to be successful in the future. Competencies needed in the 21st century are not based entirely on task-driven motor skills because comprehensive knowledge is essential to care for complex patients. Differences identified between direct care nurses, leaders, and educational levels provide educational opportunities for both groups.

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