At the conclusion of the CCBP intervention (critical care course + clinical practicum), students perceived that they made the most improvements and largest confidence gains in the area of nursing strategies to care for critically ill patients, ethical issues, and particularly in decision making.
05) in nine of the 10 subscales at the end of the CCBP intervention.
At the end of the CCBP, students rated themselves as being confident in their clinical skills to care for critically ill patients (mean overall self-efficacy score 4.
Preceptors reported more and significant improvement in students' confidence in all subscales except self-development, between the beginning and conclusion of the CCBP, but the differences between students and preceptors narrowed.
The differences in students' high ratings at the beginning of the CCBP might be because, at the time of assessment, students had volunteered for this experience, had completed the self-efficacy questionnaire after 120 hours of coursework, and were assigned to preceptors who might have offered encouragement and support, thereby bolstering their confidence early on.