Aim: Procrastination is a failure of their behavior, which leads to wasted time, poor performance, and increased stress in the workplace. Professional competencies of nurses are a factor to decrease procrastination. Therefore, aim of this research is examine the relationship between nurses' professional competencies, and their procrastination in hospitals in Kerman University of Medical Sciences in 2014.
Methods: Thisstudyuseddescriptive correlational and cross-sectional methods. The population is ofall899 nurses in four hospitals in Kerman University of Medical Sciences and sample sizeusingCochranformula, 268 were selected. Two questionnaireswere usedinthisstudy: professional competencies questionnairewithvalidity94 and reliability96 hundredths, and procrastination questionnairewith 96 Validityand Reliability 96 hundredthswas estimated. Fordata analysis, thePearson and Spearman correlationandregressiontestingthrough softwareSPSSedition 16 was used.
Findings: The findings show that there is a reverse relationship between nurses' professional competencies and all its dimensions with their procrastination. Also, the adaptive ability dimension could negatively predict to procrastination.
Conclusion: Professional competencies, provides the ability to bring in someone who's abilities, causing a better under its control, their work environment and thus procrastination in work, reduced work. Hence, the proposal is to be considered, cognitive ability, adaptive ability, technical ability, communication skills, and ethical aspects of nursing and nurses in the selection, take into consideration these factors.