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Implementation and Evaluation of Wright’s Competency Model

Durkin, Gregory J. MEd, RN-BC

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: November/December 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 6 - p 305–316
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000575

Wright’s competency model is increasingly used by healthcare organizations around the globe. This article describes the implementation of Wright’s model over a 4-year period. Creation of a steering group and decentralization of the effort were keys to success in achieving over 98% participation across all nursing areas and six other healthcare professions. Clinical and leadership staff were surveyed pre- and postimplementation on 11 measures. All levels of staff reported positive improvement in each measure.

Gregory J. Durkin, MEd, RN-BC, is Manager, Nursing Education, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts.

The author has disclosed that he has no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Gregory J. Durkin, Boston Children's Hospital, 360 Longwood Ave, 5th Floor Nursing/Patient Care Services, Boston, MA 02115 (e-mail:

Online date: October 14, 2019

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