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Using the Delphi Technique to Determine Core Components of a Nurse Competency Program

Boyer, Susan DNP, RN-BC; Mann-Salinas, Elizabeth PhD, RN, FCCM, ANC; Valdez-Delgado, Krystal BSN, RN; VanFosson, Christopher PhD, MHA, RN, LTC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: September/October 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 5 - p 261–267
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000569

This modified Delphi study determined consensus on core nurse competency program components that apply across the continuum of transition to initial practice, to new specialty practice, to a new role, or within general nursing orientation. The literature review found no published agreement on support and systems for universal transition programs. This broad-based study addressed this gap by identifying core elements within a competency or transition program and then ranking their importance within program structure.

Susan Boyer, DNP, RN-BC, is Executive Director, Vermont Nurses in Partnership, Inc., Perkinsville, Vermont.

Elizabeth Mann-Salinas, PhD, RN, FCCM, ANC, is a Colonel (retired) and employed at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, Texas.

Krystal Valdez-Delgado, BSN, RN, is Geneva Foundation Research Nurse Coordinator, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, Texas.

Christopher VanFosson, PhD, MHA, RN, LTC, is Nurse Scientist and Task Area Manager, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, San Antonio, Texas.

Employment connections are as listed above. The work was supported by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs through the Defense Medical Research and Development Program under Award No.W81XWH-15-2-0085 and Activity Contract W81XWH-17-T-0165.

Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Department of Defense.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Susan Boyer, Vermont Nurses in Partnership, Inc., 274 Cascade Falls Road, Perkinsville, VT 05151 (e-mail:;

Online date: July 2, 2019

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