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News

Dec 02 2014

Two Family Birth Center nurses have had their research published in The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 2814NursesPublished310x153 Brenda Maddox, clinical educator, and Renece Waller-Wise, clinical nurse specialist, co-wrote "Perinatal Nurses' Perceptions of Competency Assessments" with Diane Weed, PhD, RN, of Troy University. Their research article appears in the October issue of the international publication. It is the first SAMC nursing research to be published.

As members of the Nursing Research Team, Maddox said the two decided a revision of the nursing competency assessments might be appropriate. "We wanted to revitalize our program to ensure better patient outcomes and increase job satisfaction for nurses."

The team surveyed nurse perceptions on switching from a check-off system to a team approach that included hands-on drills. Participating nurses were surveyed on the new approach.

Key findings:

  • Competency assessments focusing on knowledge and technical skills only do not take into account the need to promote and assess critical thinking, teamwork and interpersonal communications.
  • Nurses' perceptions of assessment are important, as their views influence participation, outcome, etc.
  • Understanding nurses' perceptions of competency assessment is critical in improving the assessment process.

In the photo, Brenda Maddox, MSN/Ed, RNC-OB, C-EFM, and Renece Waller-Wise, MSN, RNC-OB, CNS, CLC, LCCE, CNL, pose with a copy of the publication carrying their research article on nurse perceptions of competency assessments.