Evidence-Based Competency Management System, Second Edition

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Evidence-Based Competency Management System, Second Edition
Toolkit for Validation and Assessment

Barbara Brunt, MA, MN, RN, BC    

End your struggle to assess, validate, and document the competency of your nurses.

Assess nurses in five key specialties
Now you don’t have to spend time researching evidence-based competencies to assess your nurses’ skill sets! Author Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, has taken her best-selling toolkit and cited each competency with solid, reputable evidence, so you can benchmark your staff against industry standards.

Evidence-Based Competency Management System: Toolkit for Validation and Assessment, Second Edition, ensures you have everything you need to meet and exceed evidence-based competency requirements. This binder and CD-ROM pair is a complete evidence-based competency program created specifically for assessing, validating, and documenting the skills of your nurses. You’ll find proven tips and strategies for effectively evaluating the training needs of your staff. This toolkit will bring you the evidence-based solutions you need to ensure safe patient care in the:

  • Medical-surgical unit
  • Operating room
  • Emergency department
  • Obstetrics unit
  • Intensive care unit

What’s included?

This proven and easy-to-use resource provides:

  • 206 evidence-based competency skill sheets, plus 29 role-related checklists—we’ve done the work for you by putting together ready-to-use assessment skill sheets
  • 150 pages of invaluable information to help you develop—or revamp—your competency assessment program
  • Best practices for selecting annual competencies for validation
  • The Competencies Analyzer spreadsheet to help you document and track staff skills
  • A CD-ROM containing each skill sheet ready for you to implement or customize for use in your facility today

Evidence-Based Competency Management System:
Toolkit for Validation and Assessment, Second Edition, is jam-packed with expert advice to help you:

  • Schedule and organize competency assessments
  • Develop an evidence-based competency assessment program
  • Recognize the differences between mandatory annual training and competency validation
  • Maintain a consistent validation system
  • Keep up with new competencies


Table of contents at a glance:

Chapter 1: Why is competency validation required?
Chapter 2: What is competency validation?
Chapter 3: Include competency validation in job descriptions and the performance-evaluation process
Chapter 4: Train staff to perform competency validation
Chapter 5: Keep up with new competencies
Chapter 6: Using your skills checklists

Learning objectives:

  • Design a competency plan to effectively assess employee competence
  • Identify advantages of competency-based education
  • Describe methods of validating competencies
  • Recognize the benefits of incorporating competency assessment into job descriptions and performance evaluation tools
  • Discuss the key elements required of performance-based job descriptions
  • Develop a training program to train staff to perform competency assessment
  • Maintain consistency in a competency validation system
  • Identify steps for effective program documentation
  • Recognize the essential qualities needed by competency assessors
  • List potential categories for new competencies
  • Identify best practices for implementing new competencies
  • Discuss dimensions of competencies
  • Differentiate between orientation checklists and skill checklists

Meet the author:

Barbara A. Brunt, MA, MN, RN-BC, is director of nursing education and staff development for Summa Health System in Akron, OH. Brunt is currently serving a two-year term as president of NNSDO. She has held a variety of staff development positions, including education coordinator and director, for the past 30 years. Brunt has presented on a variety of topics both locally and nationally and has published numerous articles, chapters, and books. She is a noted author, including Competencies for Staff Educators: Tools to Evaluate and Enhance Nursing Professional Development, published by HCPro.

Brunt was joined on this project by contributing authors Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, Gwen A. Valois, MS, RN, BC, and Jane G. Alberico, MS, RN, CEN.

Faculty Disclosure Statement: HCPro Inc. has confirmed that none of the faculty/presenters or contributors have any relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of this educational activity.

Continuing Education:

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Published: March 2008