Development of a new national competency assessment tool for nurses – 15 February 2011

Posted on February 18, 2011. Filed under: Nursing, Workforce | Tags: |

Development of a new national competency assessment tool for nurses – 15 February 2011

“Newly registered nurses will be better able to ‘hit the ward running’ in the high-pressure environment of the nation’s hospitals and care facilities thanks to a recently completed ALTC-funded project. [Australian Learning and Teaching Council]

The project has developed pilot guidelines that seek to ensure robust and reliable clinically-based learning for pre-registration Bachelor of Nursing students, thus better preparing them for nursing registration, and the everyday challenges of work in a busy clinical environment.

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The project team hopes to trial the national competency assessment tool across a range of different institutions over the next 12 to 18 months.

The toolkit and project report are both available for download from the ALTC website.”

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An interesting study and offers a standardized approach to building knowledge, skills and abilities in the new nurse graduates. Nursing education has become condensed and much quicker than it was 20 years ago. Because it is so condensed the new graduates do not get the clinical skills development that was such an important part of building the skillsets or the confidence that nurses obtained with the lengthier programs. I came on this site looking for a much easier but yet “best practice” approach to conducting competencies in nurses. In this day and age when we must do more with less, also gone are those days when there was time for the 1:1 competency assessments through direct observations and simulations.


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