Competence versus performance: which is more important?


  • Alison E While BSc MSc PhD RGN RHV Cert Ed

    1. Professor of Community Nursing, Department of Nursing Studies, King's College, London, Cornwall House Annexe, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TX, England
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The extensive literature in the field of competence and performance is reviewed in this paper, which argues that there is much confusion between these different constructs It concludes that since nurse pre-registration education is concerned with producing nurses who consistently provide care of a high quality, greater emphasis should be placed upon performance in the real-life clinical setting rather than upon competence