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An Organizational Competency Validation Strategy for Registered Nurses

Levine, June BSN, MSN, RN; Johnson, Joyce PhD, RN-BC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: March/April 2014 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - p 58–65
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000041

Nursing competency validation must be effective to ensure safe and quality patient care. In this article, the authors discuss the components of an organizational validation strategy that includes clear definitions, selection of competencies, and responsibilities for initial and continuing competency assessment. Recommendations are made to assist nursing professional development specialists in implementing strategies to improve the assessment and validation of nursing competency.

This piece discusses components of a standardized organizational validation strategy for initial and continuing competency assessment, along with recommendations for implementation.

June Levine, BSN, MSN, RN, is Healthcare Consultant, Chatsworth, California.

Joyce Johnson, PhD, RN-BC, is Regional Director of Education and Research, Kaiser Permanente, Pasadena, California.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: June Levine, BSN, MSN, RN, 100 S. Los Robles Ave. Suite 501, Pasadena, CA 91188 (e-mail:

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.