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Welcome to our competency tools library

Making sure your staff is capable and competent can be one of the biggest stressors for nurse managers. Our collection of competency tools can help you keep your staff sharp and confident, while you and your educators stay worry-free. Here, you'll find:

  • Tools specifically designed to gauge your staff's competence on a variety of topics
  • Creative methods and techniques being used by your peers across the country
  • Documents from our library of books, newsletters, and audioconferences

  • Free Tool: Guidelines for providing effective feedback

    Looking for tips for communicating with your staff? Check out this free tool from The Effective Charge Nurse Handbook: The Pocket Companion for Charge Nurse Leaders.

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  • Emergency preparedness tool

    Use this form when assessing staff for competency in the area of emergency preparedness. These 12 steps will guide your staff toward success.

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  • Age-specific competency form

    The various physiological and pyschological needs of each patient's age group is part of any well-designed competency program. There are many ways to assess age-related competency. Remember that such assessment must be carried out consistently by all reviewers. This means that written guidelines must be established. The following template is presented as a resource for the development of these types of criteria.

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  • Competencies Tracking Sheet

    The competencies tracking sheet provides a way to document that staff members in each classification have completed required competencies.

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  • Hand washing form

    It's imperative to be sure staff members are taking proper precautions when washing their hands. Use this template to make sure your staff is meeting the competency.

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  • IV dressing changes form

    The procedure to change dressing is an important skill for every staff member. Be sure staff is comfortable with this competency with the help of this tool.

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  • Application of Restraints

    Making sure staff is competent on the application of restraints is imperative to quality patient care. Use this tool to help with your assessment.

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  • Safe Patient Positioning Form

    Making sure patients are positioned in a safe position is crucial to quality care. Use this form to help assess staff for this competency.

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