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Maintaining Competency for Float Nursing Staff

Overman, Kimberly RN; Hauver, Jeni BSN, RN; McKay, Jennifer MHA, BSN, RN; Aucoin, Julia DNS, RN-BC, CNE

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: July/August 2014 - Volume 30 - Issue 4 - p 204–208
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000083
Article

Orienting staff to multiple areas is challenging, as is maintaining multiple competencies, which might be used infrequently. Creating a strategy to regularly assess needed competencies to maintain a highly skilled pool of nurses, prepared to float to multiple areas, is critical to supporting flexible staffing. A plan for how to achieve this complex analysis is described and can be translated to other complex environments.

Kimberly Overman, RN, is Staffing Department Clinical Nurse IV, Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina.

Jeni Hauver, BSN, RN, is Staffing Department Clinical Nurse IV, Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina.

Jennifer McKay, MHA, BSN, RN, is Clinical Operations Director, Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina.

Julia Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, is Nurse Scientist, Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina.

There is no conflict of interest expressed by any author of this manuscript. This work was performed as part of regular job expectations for each of the authors, and the organization provides permission to print the information listed. Julia Aucoin is the authorized agent to provide permission for this information and the figure to be attached. As this was not a study, no human subjects protection was required.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Julia Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, Duke University Health System, 2301 Erwin Road, Box 3543, Durham NC 27710 (e-mail: Julia.aucoin@dn.duke.edu).

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