Kari Schmidt is the manager of nursing staff development at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Hospital in Milwaukee.
Developing and Implementing an Ongoing Competency Evaluation Program for Rehabilitation Nurses
Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
1995 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 218–220, July-August 1995
How to Cite
Schmidt, K. L. (1995), Developing and Implementing an Ongoing Competency Evaluation Program for Rehabilitation Nurses. Rehabilitation Nursing, 20: 218–220. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1995.tb01631.x
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
Ongoing competency evaluation of all nursing staff in rehabilitation settings is mandated by regulatory bodies. Rehabilitation nurse educators are challenged to design competency evaluation programs that meet regulatory standards, promote the professional development of rehabilitation nurses, and are cost-effective. The competence of rehabilitation nurses is maintained through a combination of ongoing assessment and educational activities. Key components of program development include identifying critical nursing and rehabilitation nursing skills; developing an efficient documentation system; designing the evaluation, program promotion, and implementation activities; and evaluating the program. The strategies described meet administrative and educational needs.