Bibliometric analysis of core competencies associated nursing management publications

Wen-Song Su, Gwo-Jen Hwang, Ching-Yi Chang

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AIMS: This study aimed to identify high-impact papers on global nursing to determine and analyze the publication of articles on core competencies in nursing-related journals and the research trends in the era of globalization.

BACKGROUND: Bibliometrics has been shown to be an effective method for analyzing publications. Through bibliometrics, nursing managers and researchers can understand the trends of high-impact international nursing core competencies research, identify mainstream research directions, and obtain relevant knowledge and information, thereby facilitating the translation of research outcomes into nursing management practice.

EVALUATION: The study adopted bibliometric analysis and the VOSviewer software to explore dynamic publication trends and analyze the current situation of nursing research from a comprehensive development perspective, which was realized by searching for nursing core competencies papers in the Web of Science (WoS) database, calculating citations, and determining the trends of the most influential papers.

RESULTS: Nursing core competencies research grew rapidly between 1997 and 2022. Countries with the most core competencies publications were the United States, England, Australia, and Canada. The Journal of Nursing Management has attracted substantial attention from researchers worldwide. Education, Management, and Nurses were the most frequently used keywords in the study. A total of 534 papers were retrieved from the WoS database with the main research fields, including nursing, business economics, public environmental occupational health, and health care science services.

CONCLUSION: Equipping nursing graduates with core competencies has always been an important goal of global medical and nursing education. This study analyzed papers across 35 years, most of which were published in the Journal of Nursing Management. In addition, the study identified some of the main research topics of nursing management, such as the integration of education with nursing management and the cultivation of nurses' core competencies. The study also provides a fresh review of highly cited articles. The results of the study show that high-quality articles play the role of improving both the quality and the quantity of related research. By analyzing the trends of the research on core competencies, this study lays a bibliometric foundation for researchers regarding international journals, hot topics, and relevant fields. In addition, the highly cited articles reveal new perspectives for the nursing field, providing inspiration for nursing management and education researchers.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: This study provides scholars and managers with an overview of the current situation of nursing management research and the development of benchmark journals. The study provides researchers not only with a better understanding of various international journals, allowing them to transition out of traditional thinking in the era of science and technology, but also with innovative thinking by combining research with nursing management. The results of this study invite nursing managers to study relevant topics of core competencies and integrate information technology to education, management, and nurses, thereby contributing to nursing management and educational research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Sept 8 2022


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