Competency assessment tools : An exploration of the pedagogical issues facing competency assessment for nurses in the clinical environment

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Franklin, Natasha and Melville, Paula. (2015). Competency assessment tools : An exploration of the pedagogical issues facing competency assessment for nurses in the clinical environment. Collegian. 22(1), pp. 25-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2013.10.005
AuthorsFranklin, Natasha and Melville, Paula
Abstract

Competency assessment is a paradigm that is common in the healthcare environment and this being particularly true within the nursing profession. Demonstration of competence is necessary to meet the requirements of healthcare organisations and is a mandated requirement of nurses by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Within the nursing education sector, one approach to determine competence, is through the use of competency assessment tools. Despite widespread use of competency assessment tools there remains ongoing concerns relating to the efficacy of competency assessment tools as a mean to demonstrate ‘competency’ amongst enrolled and registered nurses in the clinical environment. The authors of this paper ascertain that competency assessment tools run a serious risk of being nothing more than a ‘quick-fix’ means of assessment to demonstrate ‘nursing competence’ required for key performance indicators and clinical governance and that will provide evidence for accreditation standards. Based on this premise, the authors, provide an alternative approach to the use of competency assessment tools that moves away from a ‘tick-box’ approach to a ‘patient-centred’ competency model. This approach increases the reliability and validity of competency assessments, allows for the recognition of the knowledge, skills and experience of individual nurses, offers a more satisfying and rewarding approach to demonstrating ‘competency’ for nurses and finally, demonstrates ‘real-life’ competency.

Keywordscompetency assessment; competency assessment tools; competence; nursing education; observed clinical competency assessment
Year2015
JournalCollegian
Journal citation22 (1), pp. 25-31
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1322-7696
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2013.10.005
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84920941655
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range25-31
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Online22 Nov 2013
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Accepted29 Oct 2013
Deposited09 Sep 2021
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