Implementation of a motivational programme based on existence- relatedness-growth theory in nursing undergraduate interns: A quasi-experimental study

Shuai Yang, Xiao Die Zhang, Wei Guo, Ka Yan Ho, Katherine Ka Wai Lam, Yan Yan Dong, Jing Da Pan, Qi Liu, Ri Di Xu, Dong Lan Ling, Hong Jing Yu

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Abstract

Background: Currently, a paramount issue in nursing education is to motivate nursing undergraduate interns to develop self-directed learning skills and improve their practice satisfaction and professional identity, so as to meet the growing demands in healthcare. Objectives: This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of a motivational programme based on the Existence-Relatedness-Growth (ERG) theory in developing self-directed learning skills, improving practice satisfaction and promoting the professional identity of nursing undergraduate interns in China. Design: A quasi-experimental study design. Setting: A government-funded tertiary teaching hospital in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. Methods: This study was conducted with 99 nursing undergraduate interns in a hospital between June 2020 and April 2022. The interns in the experimental group (n = 50) participated in the motivational programme based on ERG theory, while those in the control group (n = 49) underwent a traditional training programme. The interns in the two groups were compared in terms of their degree of self-directed learning, practice satisfaction and professional identity after the training, using independent samples t-test. Results: After the internship, interns in the experimental group showed a statistically significantly higher level of self-directed learning and practice satisfaction than those in the control group (p < 0.05). However, no significant difference was observed in professional identity between the two groups after the internship. Conclusions: The motivational programme based on ERG theory was shown to be effective in improving self-directed learning and practice satisfaction in nursing undergraduate interns. A large-scale randomized controlled trial is warranted to confirm the results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105894
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume129
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Keywords

  • Existence-relatedness-growth theory
  • Motivational programme
  • Nursing
  • Undergraduate interns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education

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