Tips from TSE: Go electronic for evaluating nursing annual competencies

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 13, 2009

By Rosemond Squirewell, RN, MHA, staff educator at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, SC.

Regardless of what it’s called, each year staff development educators find themselves searching for more efficient ways to update and evaluate nursing staff on annual, key competencies. For the second year in a row, with the exception of the restraints competency, our hospital has chosen to use an online method for evaluating/reviewing annual competencies. Educators were challenged to be even more diligent in identifying and developing evidence-based questions for the electronic medium, including multiple-choice, true/false, and scenarios. For example, one of the multiple-choice questions for the competency assessment is:

  1. The nurse assigns and documents a patient’s risk for falls on:
    a. White wipe-off, grease board in patient’s room
    b. Risk precautions powerform in Cerner
    c. Allergy tab in Cerner
    d. Any or all of the above”

For more information on nursing competency, read “Kickstart your cultural competency program.

Editor’s note: This excerpt was adapted from the April issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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