Knowledge, Perception, Motivation and Expectations of Nursing and Midwifery Students on Exit Exam in Bengkulu City, Indonesia
Keywords:Exit Exam; Knowledge; Perception; Motivation and Expectations
Background: Public knowledge regarding health services has been increasing significantly in the recent
years and it has an effect on increasing community demands for quality health services. Therefore, health
workers with good skills, intelligent, and communicative are needed. Good competence is also needed in
carrying out their roles and functions according to the code of ethics The competencies of health worker
graduates are different in every regions in Indonesia. The majority of health workers perceive that their
current competencies are not in accordance with their expectations. To ensure that health workers produced
by educational institutions have the same competence, all health worker graduates are required to take a
competency test as a requirement for obtaining a registration certificate. Exit exam is a competency test that
is conducted as a requirement for graduation. This study aims to provide an overview of the relationship
between the knowledge, perceptions, motivation and expectations of nursing and midwifery students on
the competency test as a graduation requirement. Methods: This is a mix-method study (A quantitative
and qualitative methods were used). The quantitative method used was non-experimental, with a crosssectional
approach, and qualitative methods to find out information about the perceptions, motivations and
expectations of respondents about the implementation of the competency exam as a passing requirement.
The number of samples in this study were 246 respondents, consisting of DIII midwifery, Nursing DIII and
nurses (82 respondents for each colleges). Results: The results of the study based on the path analysis showed
that education had no influence on knowledge, respondents’ perceptions and expectations of the competency
test, but had an influence on motivation (P = < 0.01). Knowledge does not affect on perception, motivation
or expectation, while for perception variable affects on motivation (P = 0.026) and expectation (P= <0.01).
Conclusion: Respondents’ expectations will be directly influenced by motivation and perception.
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