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Ask the expert: Differentiating between orientation and skills checklists

Nurse Leader Insider, April 19, 2010

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This week, Adrianne Avillion, discusses the difference between orientation and skills checklists.

Q: What are the differences between orientation and skills checklists?

A: Skills checklists must clearly identify expectations and should be completed by staff members who know how to use them. Criteria for safe, effective performance must be clearly defined, and everyone participating in the evaluation process must have a common understanding of the criteria and the basis for assigning ratings. The format for skills checklists may vary, but most contain similar information. Regardless of how they are used, skills checklists should:

  • Be learner-oriented
  • Focus on behaviors
  • Be measurable

To read additional more on the differences between the two checklists, click here.

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