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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163723
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Demonstrating Use of Qualitative Methods to Identify Public Health Competencies
Author(s):
Gebbie, Kristine
Author Details:
Kristine Gebbie, Columbia University, School of Nursing, New York, New York, USA, email: kmg24@columbia.edu
Abstract:
This project demonstrates a model method for competency identification in a selected public health program area, in this case emergency response, and has two aims: 1. Identify competencies needed by individual public health workers in order to respond to any emergency situation including bio-terrorism; 2. Assess and evaluate the expert identified competencies with public health practitioners. A documented knowledge base on public health individual competency does not exist. For this reason a Delphi survey method was selected to develop expert consensus on public health emergency response competency for the individual worker. Forty-two likely competencies for public health emergency response were developed from generic public health agency competencies put forth by CDC and US DHHS. Eighty federal, state and local professionals experienced in responding to public health emergencies were identified in consultation with federal and national public health agencies. From among these 80 identified experts 72 were invited to participate on a Delphi panel. Of these 58 experts agreed to participate. A Round I Delphi Survey was administered to the expert panel asking them to rate the identified emergency response competencies on a Likert scale of importance for four occupational levels of public health workers: administrators, professionals, technicians and clerical support staff. Response rate was 100%. A Round II survey was developed providing group scores from Round I and feedback comments. Forced choice Y/N on competency inclusion was required. Response rate was 90%. Competencies that received support from at least 75% of the participants were selected. A set of competencies for each level of worker was produced. Assessment and validation of the expert identified competencies was accomplished by a series of six focus groups conducted with local, state and federal agency public health practitioners. Participants were asked to comment on the appropriateness of the competency statements, the current level of competency attainment in their agency and how to prioritize training for meeting the required competencies. Tape recording and hand notation were used to record focus group proceedings. Analysis of content was used to refine competency statements to accurately reflect workplace requirements. The competency sets produced by this process will allow improved expectations for individual performance in public health practice and will be used to plan both locally and federally supported training and staff development. Public health nurses constitute the largest portion of the public health workforce. The public health profession is interested in establishing competency based public health practice and public health nurses will benefit from the availability of a documented approach for moving from program expectations to worker competencies. This project has significance for public health workforce development and demonstrates a model approach for competency identification in many areas of professional health practice, including public health nursing.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2001
Conference Name:
ENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDemonstrating Use of Qualitative Methods to Identify Public Health Competenciesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGebbie, Kristineen_US
dc.author.detailsKristine Gebbie, Columbia University, School of Nursing, New York, New York, USA, email: kmg24@columbia.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163723-
dc.description.abstractThis project demonstrates a model method for competency identification in a selected public health program area, in this case emergency response, and has two aims: 1. Identify competencies needed by individual public health workers in order to respond to any emergency situation including bio-terrorism; 2. Assess and evaluate the expert identified competencies with public health practitioners. A documented knowledge base on public health individual competency does not exist. For this reason a Delphi survey method was selected to develop expert consensus on public health emergency response competency for the individual worker. Forty-two likely competencies for public health emergency response were developed from generic public health agency competencies put forth by CDC and US DHHS. Eighty federal, state and local professionals experienced in responding to public health emergencies were identified in consultation with federal and national public health agencies. From among these 80 identified experts 72 were invited to participate on a Delphi panel. Of these 58 experts agreed to participate. A Round I Delphi Survey was administered to the expert panel asking them to rate the identified emergency response competencies on a Likert scale of importance for four occupational levels of public health workers: administrators, professionals, technicians and clerical support staff. Response rate was 100%. A Round II survey was developed providing group scores from Round I and feedback comments. Forced choice Y/N on competency inclusion was required. Response rate was 90%. Competencies that received support from at least 75% of the participants were selected. A set of competencies for each level of worker was produced. Assessment and validation of the expert identified competencies was accomplished by a series of six focus groups conducted with local, state and federal agency public health practitioners. Participants were asked to comment on the appropriateness of the competency statements, the current level of competency attainment in their agency and how to prioritize training for meeting the required competencies. Tape recording and hand notation were used to record focus group proceedings. Analysis of content was used to refine competency statements to accurately reflect workplace requirements. The competency sets produced by this process will allow improved expectations for individual performance in public health practice and will be used to plan both locally and federally supported training and staff development. Public health nurses constitute the largest portion of the public health workforce. The public health profession is interested in establishing competency based public health practice and public health nurses will benefit from the availability of a documented approach for moving from program expectations to worker competencies. This project has significance for public health workforce development and demonstrates a model approach for competency identification in many areas of professional health practice, including public health nursing.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:12:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:12:41Z-
dc.conference.date2001en_US
dc.conference.nameENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlantic City, New Jersey, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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