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Website spotlight: Competency days help ensure nursing knowledge

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 23, 2010

Hospitals with ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) designation are always seeking better ways to educate their nurses to ensure quality outcomes. For many facilities, part of this education process comes in the form of competency days. And for some, such as Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT, these competency days turn out to be a raging success.

Saint Francis is in its third year of using competency days for nursing education, and, according to Erica Siddell, PhD, RN, director of nursing education and professional development in Saint Francis' Center for Nursing Education and Practice Innovation, most of the bugs have been worked out.

The competency days are hosted once per month. The sessions are about four hours long, and each session will see about 100 nurses pass through.

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