Competency Program Accommodates Mix of Nursing Needs

Lucas, Armida
August 2005
Critical Care Nurse;Aug2005, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p72
Academic Journal
This article details the nursing competency program at the critical care unit of Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Hayward, California. The impetus to expand a competency program throughout the year was 2-fold. One goal was to accommodate the changing mix and influx of new nurses on the unit; the other was to promote continued learning as important for professionals at any skill level. The education committee is a volunteer group of 8 nurses representing the 3 different shifts and range of experience. The committee, which meets monthly reviewed which medications they wanted to discuss. Often, an article and a cheat sheet were attached to the learning packet for the chosen drug. When census was down or there was a lull in the day, the education committee members would approach a colleague and inquire if this was a good time to review the drug of the month. To meet the objective and demonstrate competency, the nurse needed to answer all the questions and compute the math accurately. The was based on the belief that familiarity can breed complacency. The program was created to help bolster confidence in new employees and increase the confidence of experienced nurses on a peer-to-peer level.


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