TOPIC. Concept analysis and self-efficacy.
PURPOSE. This article analyzes the concept self-efficacy and its relationship to nursing education using Walker and Avant's methodology.
SOURCES. Published literature.
CONCLUSION. Nursing literature suggests increasing students' perceived self-efficacy will help to narrow the theory–practice gap. Self-efficacy is a cognitive variable that affects performance behaviors and affective processes. Perceived self-efficacy can be influenced by a direct experience, vicarious experience, or verbal persuasion. Individuals with high levels of self-efficacy demonstrate the defining attributes of confidence, perceived capability, and perseverance.