Concept analysis: confidence/self-confidence

Nurs Forum. 2011 Oct-Dec;46(4):218-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2011.00230.x.


Background: Confidence and self-confidence are crucial practice elements in nursing education and practice. Nurse educators should have an understanding of the concept of confidence in order to assist in the accomplishment of nursing students and their learning of technical and nontechnical skills. With the aim of facilitating trusted care of patients in the healthcare setting, nursing professionals must exhibit confidence, and, as such, clarification and analysis of its meaning is necessary.

Purpose: The purpose of this analysis is to provide clarity to the meaning of the concept confidence/self-confidence, while gaining a more comprehensive understanding of its attributes, antecedents, and consequences.

Method: Walker and Avant's eight-step method of concept analysis was utilized for the framework of the analysis process with model, contrary, borderline, and related cases presented along with attributes, antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents identified.

Conclusion: Understanding both the individualized development of confidence among prelicensure nursing students and the role of the nurse educator in the development of confident nursing practice, nurse educators can assist students in the development of confidence and competency. Future research surrounding the nature and development of confidence/self-confidence in the prelicensure nursing student experiencing human patient simulation sessions would assist to help educators further promote the development of confidence.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Faculty, Nursing
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Self Concept*
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Terminology as Topic*