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Nurs Forum. 2008 Oct-Dec;43(4):214-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2008.00115.x.

Competency: a concept analysis.

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Loewenberg School of Nursing, 201 Newport Hall, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152, USA. naxley@memphis.edu

Abstract

TOPIC:

Concept analysis of competency.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this concept analysis was to further explore uses of the concept and theoretically define how important the multidimensional aspects of competency are to the professional practice of nursing.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Published literature.

CONCLUSIONS:

Competency is essential to the profession of nursing, and providing a clear theoretical definition of competency is only the first step. The competency of all nurses and healthcare providers must be assessed to provide safe care, protect the public, and maintain the credibility of nurses. Standards must be established and adhered to both in practice and evaluation of competency.

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