What is it about?

There is a preponderance of studies on nurses’ research competency and its benefits to the nursing profession. However, investigations on nursing students’ research competency in the context of competency-based education (CBE) remain underreported. This study investigated the predictors and associations of Saudi nursing students’ research competencies using CBE approach.

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Why is it important?

Most nursing students were familiar with the nursing research process. There is a strong link between research competencies and age and marks obtained in nursing research course. Age and nursing research course marks (A+/A) were significant predictors of nursing research competency. Thus, students who earned A+/A grades were three times more likely to be competent than those who had lower grades. Similarly, nursing students over the age of 20 years are twice as likely to be research competent as those under 20. As there are few reports on nursing research competency, CBE helps nursing research instructors create relevant intended learning outcomes (ILOs), allowing them to assess each research step's ILOs more efficiently. Additionally, incorporating functionalist, behaviorist, and constructivist learning theories into the CBE in nursing research course will be more beneficial.


Despite knowing the majority of the steps of the nursing research process, the steps pertaining to instrument performance, research article formats, and different research designs were less familiar. In terms of the relationship and determinants of research competencies, only age and course marks were shown to be linked to students’ competencies. Older students and those with the highest marks were more proficient in nursing research.CBE assists nursing research instructors in properly establishing relevant ILOs and providing direction, allowing them to measure the learning outcomes of each step more efficiently. However, integrating learning theories such as functionalism, behaviorism, and constructivism into the CBE in nursing research courses will be more helpful.

Dr. Daniel Joseph E. Berdida
University of Santo Tomas

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This page is a summary of: Assessment of nursing students’ research competencies with competency‐based education, The Journal of Competency-Based Education, September 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/cbe2.1260.
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