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  1. Church, Cory D. MSN, RN-BC


A consistent definition of competence in nursing is needed considering the significance to nursing professional development. The author bridges the gap between previous concept analyses of competence by creating an overarching model, while discussing the relationship to quality of nursing care. Significance of competence and quality care to nursing professional development is explored. The author concludes with implications for nursing professional development practice and research, while highlighting the relevance to professional nursing.