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One Hospital's Experience With Implementing On-Demand Annual Competencies for Nurses

Ostrander, Kathy, MSN, RN, CPN; Garrison, Elisabeth, MSN, MBA, APN, ACNP-BC, CWON, RN-BC; Caruso, April, MSN, APN, ACNS-BC, RNC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: January/February 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 12–17
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000512
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Competence in nursing practice can be determined by self-assessment, peer review, knowledge tests, and performance observations. In the hospital setting, this determination is traditionally completed during an annual competency day. By implementing on-demand competencies in one organization, the assessment of nurse competence is completed in real-time, resulting in increased nurse satisfaction and positive financial impact for the organization.

Kathy Ostrander, MSN, RN, CPN, is Clinical Educator, Rush Copley Medical Center, Aurora, Illinois.

Elisabeth Garrison, MSN, MBA, APN, ACNP-BC, CWON, RN-BC, is Clinical Educator, Rush Copley Medical Center, Aurora, Illinois.

April Caruso, MSN, APN, ACNS-BC, RNC, is Clinical Educator, Rush Copley Medical Center, Aurora, Illinois.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Kathy Ostrander, 2000 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, IL (e-mail: kostrander@rushcopley.com).

© 2019 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.