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Self-Efficacy in Nursing

Concept analysis and concept development are the terms used to refer to the process of bringing clarity to the definition of the concepts used in nursing science. They are generally applied to the process of inquiry that examines concepts for their level of development as seen in their internal structure, use, representativeness, and relationship to other concepts, in the quest to promote better understanding. Much of the conceptual basis of nursing theory has been derived from already established concepts from other disciplines, and a re-examination of these concepts for relevance and fit to nursing, is important for determining its appropriateness of application (McEwen, 2007).
Albert Bandura first described the concept of self-efficacy in 1977 as the belief in one’s capability to execute the actions required to attain a goal. As a construct of self-efficacy, self-judged confidence can be defined as a judgment about one’s perception of ability. Confidence in one’s ability directly affects his/her performance. The ability to learn new skills and knowledge is also affected by an ind…

 

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