AIM: The purpose of this research is to examine the relationship between the clinical nursing com-petence and nursing occupational experience in hospice/palliative care nurses (HPN) in Japan.
METHODS: A mail survey using an anonymous self-administered questionnaire was conducted on clinical nursing competence regarding communication, care and prediction of worsening of symp-toms with the authors’ previous research as a framework. The subjects were nurses working in hos-pice/palliative care units in Japan, and the period of survey was January to February, 2014.
Results: In this study, the relationship between the clinical nursing competence and nursing occu-pational experience of HPNs in hospice/palliative care which was clarified in the authors’ previous research was examined. The results showed that the amount of clinical nursing experience as a nurse was related to clinical nursing competence in the care of end-of-life patients and worsening of symptoms. The abundance of specialized nursing experience was also related to clinical nursing competence in communication in addition to care and prediction of worsening of symptoms. Train-ing experience was also shown to be effective for hospice/palliative care.
Conclusion: From these results, clinical nursing competence of HPNs in care of end-of-life patients and prediction of worsening of symptoms are possibly learned through the accumulation of clinical nursing experience as a nurse. However, HPN’s clinical nursing competence in communication was suggested to be developed through nursing practice in hospice/palliative care.