Source: Book excerpt adapted from Competencies for Staff Educators: Tools to Evaluate and Enhance Nursing Professional Development by Barbara A. Readers of Staff Development Weekly receive a 10% discount on this book! While a variety of instruments have been developed to assess knowledge and skills in evidence based medicine (EBM), few assess all aspects of EBM - including knowledge, skills attitudes and behaviour - or have been psychometrically evaluated.Recently, the shift has been to combine the two efforts rather than have an instructor simply check off that a nurse is able to complete a particular skill.“Competency validation involves checklists,” she says. “A performance evaluation looks at the whole ability of a nurse that includes the identification of a problem.But as the need for validation goes beyond technical skills and focuses on professional development as a whole, the traditional methods of assessing competencies need to be examined in a new light.
Although the specific competency was pain management, this prototype can be used for validation of other high-risk or high-profile competencies.
It’s a whole process, like reading a story from start to finish.” Taking this big-picture approach when developing a competency assessment program will positively affect resident care and resident outcomes, as it assists nurses with critical thinking skills and helps them observe situations on a larger scope, says St. The nurses will thus be evaluated as competent in means beyond skill sets, such as their ability to demonstrate that they will be confident and competent when faced with the unexpected.
This article examines the topic of competency in nursing.
For example, set up a room with a simulated patient who needs cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Or set up a room that has numerous breaks in infection control practices and have participants identify all the things that are not correct.
Dora Bradley, Ph D, RN, is Director of Professional Practice at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission, Kansas.