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Assessing generic nursing competencies at King Abdullah Medical City: The impact of competency training program
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Journal of Nursing & Care

ISSN: 2167-1168

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Assessing generic nursing competencies at King Abdullah Medical City: The impact of competency training program


6th World Nursing and Healthcare Conference

August 15-17, 2016 London, UK

Usama Saleh

King Abdullah Medical City, Saudi Arabia

Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Nurs Care

Abstract :

Background: Nursing shortage caused recruitment of foreign nurses who has different educational background and different scope of practice, leading to non-standardized care and jeopardizing patient safety. Aim: The aim of this descriptive study is to train and assess nurses on generic competencies that are frequently used in their areas of clinical practice. Method: Train the trainer workshop was designed and conducted for six-generic competencies stations to assess 239 nurses who are engaged in the delivery of patient care at KAMC. Eighty-nine nurses were randomly selected to assess the impact of the competency training by pre-test post-test exams. At the completion of the competency assessment, participating nurses completed the competency fair satisfaction survey. Results: 18% of nurses failed the ├ó┬?┬?Adult Physical Assessment├ó┬?┬Ł competency. About 18% of nurses failed the ├ó┬?┬?Medication Administration├ó┬?┬Ł competency. Nurses scored the highest pass rate in the ├ó┬?┬?Vital Signs├ó┬?┬Ł competency (96.19) and ├ó┬?┬?Oxygen Therapy Administration├ó┬?┬Ł (93.62%). There was significant differences in means of pre-test and post-test in regard to the impact of competency training. The majority of nurses (87%) reported their satisfaction with the competency fair. Conclusion: Competency training and assessment in a multi-cultural institution is very paramount in standardizing patient care. Clinical educators must carry the responsibility of classifying nurses according to their competencies and plan developmental portfolio accordingly.

Biography :

Usama Saleh has completed his PhD from the University of Kentucky . He is the Director of Health Training Department at King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has published several papers in reputed journals.

Email: u_saleh@yahoo.com

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