This study assessed the level of competence of Ateneo nursing graduates in secondary and tertiary hospitals in Camannes Sur: their level of competence along the major competencies namely: patient-care, empowering, enhancmg and enabling, the key areas of responsibility for which they were rated high or low and the Significant correlation of the following independent variables namely: age, highest educational attainment, length of service, area of assignment and level of health care sen/Ices to the level of competence.
Respondents of the study included the sixty (61) nursing graduates, from the pioneer batch 2008 to batch 2012 of Ateneo de Naga Universrty and thirty (30) immediate superiors. The secondary and tertiary hospitals in Camarines Sur were the setting of the study namely: Nilo Roa Memorial Foundation Hospital, Naga City Hospital, St. John Hospital Naga City, St. John Hospital Goa, Sta. Maria Josefa Foundation Hospital, Our Lady Mediatrix Hospital, Rinconada Medical Center, Libmanan District Hospital, Sipocot District Hospital, Bicol Sanitarium, Mother Seton Hospital and Bicol Medical Center.
With the approval of the Board of Nursing, the National Core Competency Standards for Filipino Nurses was used as standard instrument.
To determine the level of competence of the respondents along the four major competences, weighted means were computed. Statistical ranking was employed to determine which of the key areas of responsibilities rated high or low. Several correlation methods were applied in determining relationship between level of competence with the variables: age, educational attainment, length of service, level of health care and area of assignment. In determining correlation between level of competence with age and length of service, Pearson moment correlation was employed. Pearson was used in correlating two interval or ratio variables. In correlating level of competence with educational attainment, area of assignment and level of health care, Point-biserial correlation was applied. This method was used in correlating one interval/ratio with a dichotomous variable. In this study the dichotomous variables were educational attainment ( BSN0, Masters-1), area of assignment (ward~ 0, special area1) and level of health (are services (secondary -1, tertiary~0). A 5% level of sugnrhcance was applied in all the statistical tests.
The following conclusions were derived:
1. The Ateneo nursing graduates rated "HIGH' in all key areas of responsibility.
2. Among die four major competencies, namely: patient-care, empowering, enhancing and enabling competencies, the Ateneo nursing graduates rated the highest on Empowering competence (4.18) and Enabling competence (3.86) as the lowest
3. Results revealed the same ranking of the major competencies as evaluated by respondents themselves and their immediate superiors. Self-rating reflected Empowering competence (4.42) as the highest followed by Enhancing competence (4.32), Patient~ care competence (4.26) and Enabling competence (4.08) as the lowest. In the same manner, the immediate superiors' evaluation reflected Empowering competence (3.94) as the highest followed by Enhancing competence (3.86), Patient-care competence (3.80) and Enabling competence (3.64) as the lowest.
4. Legal Responsibility (4.23), Ethico-Moral Responsibility and Records Management (4.19) and Collaboration and Teamwork (4.17) were the top 4 key areas of responsibility. On the other hand, Management of Resources and Environment and Communication (4.00), Health Education (3.89), and Research (3.62) were me lowest four key areas of responsibility among others.
5. Three out of the four key areas of responsibility under Patient-Care Competency, namely: Safe and Quality Nursing Care, Communication and Health Education, belong to the lower half of the eleven key areas of responsibility. These predict the patient-care competence of the Ateneo nurslng graduates considering that the aforementioned key areas belong to the core competency.
6. Ateneo nursing graduates rated Research as the weakest or the most underdeveloped key area of responsibility among others.
7. Among the five independent variables, namely: age, highest educational attainment, length of service, levels of health care services and areas of assignment, only length of service has shown correlation to the level of competence correlation. to the level of competence.