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A systematic model to compare nurses' optimal and actual competencies in the clinical setting.
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meretoja r. & koponen l. (2011) A systematic model to compare nurses' optimal and actual competencies in the clinical setting. Journal of Advanced Nursing. ABSTRACT: Aim.  This paper is a report of a study to develop a model to compare nurses' optimal and actual competencies in the clinical setting. Background.  Although future challenge is to focus the developmental and educational targets in health care, limited information is available on methods for how to predict optimal competencies. Method.  A multidisciplinary group of 24 experts on perioperative care were recruited to this study. They anticipated the effects of future challenges on perioperative care and specified the level of optimal competencies by using the Nurse Competence Scale before and after group discussions. The expert group consensus discussions were held to achieve the highest possible agreement on the overall level of optimal competencies. Registered Nurses (n = 87) and their nurse managers from five different units conducted assessments of the actual level of nurse competence with the Nurse Competence Scale instrument. Data were collected in 2006-2007. Results.  Group consensus discussions solidified experts' anticipations about the optimal competence level. This optimal competence level was significantly higher than the nurses' self-reported actual or nurse managers' assessed level of actual competence. The study revealed some competence items that were seen as key challenges for future education of professional nursing practice. Conclusion.  It is important that the multidisciplinary experts in a particular care context develop a share understanding of the future competency requirements of patient care. Combining optimal competence profiles to systematic competence assessments contribute to targeted continual learning and educational interventions.
Riitta Meretoja; Leena Koponen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2648     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
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Created Date:  2011-7-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Riitta Meretoja PhD RN Development Manager Corporate Headquarters, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Finland Leena Koponen PhD RN Chief Executive Officer Shared Services, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Finland.
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