The Importance Of Nursing Competency In Nursing

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Continued advancements in medical treatments, combined with the increased complexities of today’s patients make healthcare a challenging, yet a rewarding environment in which to work (Franklin, 2015; Tzeng, 2004). To navigate through these complexities, while ensuring the delivery of high quality patient care, nurses are encouraged to increase their skills and knowledge base (Franklin, 2015). Continued competency in nursing is a topic of interest to regulatory bodies, health care administrators, educators, and nurses (Wilkinson, 2013). Despite the importance of this topic, there is a lack of consensus establishing the measurement and the maintenance of continued nursing competency. Standardizing nursing competency is especially
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However, the lack of clear definition and the absence of a theorectical framework on which to develop grounding prinicples creates inconsistant and varied approaches to maintiaing and validating nursing compency (Wilkinson, 2013). Incorrect use of the terms competence and competency in the nursing literature leads to misinterpretation of how to assess, standarize and implement competencies (Wilkinson, 2013). Addditional considerations recognized in the literature include the need to utlize andragogical methods for evaulation. Traditional evaluation methods, such as check lists, directs the nurse to complete a skill, but it does not acurately reflect his or her understanding of when to apply the skill, nor does it promote the use of the nurse’s previous experience. Consequently, the nurse’s competence in performing the skill is evaluated, rather than the nurse’s ability to apply the knowledge, judgement, and skill required to provide, safe and ethical nursing care. As health care professionals, nurses have a responsiblity to maintain nursing competency (Canadian Nurses Association, 2007). As cited by the Canadian Nurses Association (2007), nurses are expected to report continued competency as a component of their annual registration. In spite of this, the responsibility of continued competency is often shifted to the place …show more content…
It is important for nurses to independently seek opportunities for professional growth and development. Applying newly acquired skills in daily practice will strengthen competency. Nurses need to feel empowered to manage their professional practice portfolio (Wilkinson, 2013). Upon extensive research, I was unable to identify a theoretical framework within the literature, that was consistently used in the development of competency tools. Vroom’s (1964) Expectant Value Theory can be used to propose that the maintenance of competency is intrinsically derived from one’s personal and professional responsibility to themselves as well as the clients (Swansburg & Swanburg, 2002). This understanding of motivation may be considered when developing evaluation tools for nurses. Nurses should understand that professional development is a continuous and integral part of being a professional. Although continuation of competency remains a challenge in nursing, having a standardized model of care will support the development, implementation, and evaluation of nursing competency models, thus improving patient

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