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Park, Chung, and Kim: A Study on the Critical Thinking Disposition, Self-directed Learning Readiness and Professional Nursing Competency



A descriptive survey was used in this study to identify the relationship between nurses' critical thinking disposition, self-directed learning readiness and professional nursing competency and to examine factors that influence professional nursing competency.


The data were collected from 188 nurses and analyzed using t-test, ANOVA, Scheffé' test, Pearson correlation, and stepwise multiple regression analysis with the SPSS/WIN 20.0 PC program.


Professional nursing competency was found to have significant pure correlations with critical thinking disposition (r=.59, p<.001), and self-directed learning readiness (r=.54, p<.001). The most influential factor influencing nurses' professional nursing competency was critical thinking disposition, followed by self-directed learning readiness (β=.25, p=.003), work department (β=.19, p=.001), total clinical career (β=.19, p=.003), and position (β=.12, p=.040), and these factors explained 43.8% of the variance in professional nursing competency.


The findings indicate the necessity of developing and applying strategies and educational programs to enhance individual nurse's critical thinking disposition and self-directed learning readiness. Furthermore, exploration is needed on ways to enhance professional nursing competency.

Figures and Tables

Table 1

Participant Characteristics (N=188)

Table 2

Degree of Critical Thinking Disposition, Self-directed Learning Readiness and Clinical Competency (N=188)

Table 3

Critical Thinking Disposition, Self-directed Learning Readiness and Clinical Competency according to Participant Characteristics (N=188)

Table 4

Correlations between Critical Thinking Disposition, Self-directed Learning Readiness and Clinical Competency (N=188)

Table 5

Predictors of Clinical Competence by Multiple Regression Analysis (N=188)



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