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Table 5 Preceptor perceptions of the new graduate’s nursing performance (Six Dimension Scale of Nursing Performance [16])

From: Australia’s first transition to professional practice in primary care program for graduate registered nurses: a pilot study

  Time 1 (n = 7) Time 2 (n = 7) Time 3 (n = 7)
Range Mean (SD) Range Mean (SD) Range Mean (SD)
Six Dimension total 2.7–4 3.5 (0.49) 2.9–4 3.4 (0.41) 2.2–3.9 3.2 (0.61)
Leadership subscale 3–4 3.8 (0.43)*1,2 2–4 3.1 (0.64)*1 2–4 3.2 (0.72)*2
Teaching subscale 1.8–4 3.2 (0.74) 2.4–4 3.2 (0.47) 1.7–3.9 2.9 (0.86)
Planning subscale 1.8–4 3.4 (0.8) 2.5–4 3.3 (0.55) 2.5–3.8 3.4 (0.49)
Communications subscale 3–4 3.8 (0.39)*3 3–4 3.6 (0.43)*4 2–3.9 3.3 (0.67)*3,4
Professional development subscale 3–4 3.8 (0.36)*5 2.8–4 3.6 (0.51)*5 2–4 3.2 (0.72)*5
  1. *Within-group change over time. Matching superscript indicates difference between scores
  2. *1Wilcoxon signed-rank; Z = 2.04, p = 0.041
  3. *2Wilcoxon signed-rank; Z = 2.03, p = 0.042
  4. *3Paired-samples t-test; t(6) = 2.84, p = 0.03
  5. *4Wilcoxon signed-rank; Z = 2.03, p = 0.042
  6. *5Wilcoxon signed-rank; Z > 1.77 p < 0.076