Beyond competencies: using a capability framework in developing practice standards for advanced practice nursing

Authors

  • Jane O'Connell MN RN FFACNP,

    PhD Candidate, Corresponding author
    1. School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia
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  • Glenn Gardner PhD RN FRCNA,

    Professor of Clinical Nursing
    1. School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia
    2. Member of Institute for Health & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia
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  • Fiona Coyer PhD RN

    Associate Professor and Director of Academic Programs
    1. School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia
    2. Member of Institute for Health & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia
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Abstract

Aim

This paper presents a discussion on the application of a capability framework for advanced practice nursing standards/competencies.

Background

There is acceptance that competencies are useful and necessary for definition and education of practice-based professions. Competencies have been described as appropriate for practice in stable environments with familiar problems. Increasingly competencies are being designed for use in the health sector for advanced practice such as the nurse practitioner role. Nurse practitioners work in environments and roles that are dynamic and unpredictable necessitating attributes and skills to practice at advanced and extended levels in both familiar and unfamiliar clinical situations. Capability has been described as the combination of skills, knowledge, values and self-esteem which enables individuals to manage change, be flexible and move beyond competency.

Design

A discussion paper exploring ‘capability’ as a framework for advanced nursing practice standards.

Data Sources

Data were sourced from electronic databases as described in the background section.

Implications for Nursing

As advanced practice nursing becomes more established and formalized, novel ways of teaching and assessing the practice of experienced clinicians beyond competency are imperative for the changing context of health services.

Conclusion

Leading researchers into capability in health care state that traditional education and training in health disciplines concentrates mainly on developing competence. To ensure that healthcare delivery keeps pace with increasing demand and a continuously changing context there is a need to embrace capability as a framework for advanced practice and education.

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