Article: CEValidating Competency at the BedsideBradley, Dora PhD, RN; Huseman, Susan MS, RNAuthor Information Dora Bradley, PhD, RN, is Director of Professional Practice at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Susan Huseman, MS, RN, is Education Specialist at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Address for reprints: Dora Bradley, PhD, RN, Director, Professional Practice, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, 9100 West 74th Street, Shawnee Mission, KS 66204 (e-mail: email@example.com). Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD): July-August 2003 - Volume 19 - Issue 4 - p 165-173 Buy Take the CE Test Abstract Nurses’ ability to practice is constantly challenged by changes in equipment, staffing, acuity, time constraints, and requirements of regulatory agencies. This article highlights an innovative approach to validate competency of registered nurses in a 380-bed hospital in the Midwest. Confronted with increasing demands to validate competency on high-priority issues, as well as in areas of high risk, educators developed a plan to verify competency by using an observed performance format. Although the specific competency was pain management, this prototype can be used for validation of other high-risk or high-profile competencies. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.