Teaching patients and validating competency

01-Feb-2015 19:18

The knowledge required for a nurse to ensure patient safety and quality is not traditionally reinforced during competency validation.

In traditional competency programs, competency is validated on hire and annually thereafter using skill stations.

The staff member is usually coached through the assessment process using validation processes that are not standardized, resulting in each nurse being validated as competent through a variety of methods without attention to his or her need for remediation.

Educators often lead this process without active management involvement.

There is no common definition of competence and no evidence for one best method to assess competence.Each organization defines its processes to ensure staff competence.