Nursing

Assessing the competence of staff development specialists

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), May 1, 2009

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Assessing the clinical competency of healthcare professionals is, arguably, the center of attention for many managers and educators.

Staff development specialists are responsible for developing clinical competency programs and assisting with their implementation. But what about assessing the competency of staff educators? Historically, there has been little research undertaken or published that deals with the competency of staff development specialists.

This deficit inspired Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, director of nursing education and staff development at Summa Health System in Akron, OH, to conduct research for the purpose of identifying and implementing a competency program for staff educators.

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