MEASURING THE CONCERNS OF NURSES IN TRAINING: THE DEVELOPMENT AND TRIAL OF AN INSTRUMENT BASED ON FULLER'S
SELF-TASK-IMPACT STAGE THEORY

Year: 1992

Author: Owens, Lee, Powell, Anne, Hatton, Neville

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
Fuller's "theory of concerns" predicts that trainee and beginning teachers progress through three stages: concerns about self, concerns about the tasks of teaching, and finally concerns about the impact of teaching on pupil learning. The research described in this paper applies Fuller's theory to the concerns of nurses in training, especially during practicum periods. An inventory of concerns was developed and administered to three samples of student nurses at both junior and senior levels of their training course: initially in a pilot study to 126 student nurses; subsequently in revised form in a main study to 140 student nurses; finally with further revision in a follow-up study to 186 student nurses. The paper describes the validation of the instrument and its progressive refinement, and the application of Fuller's stage theory to the actual concerns of student nurses as they undertake periods of clinical experience.

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