Taking technology from the bedside to nursing competency folders

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308059
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Taking technology from the bedside to nursing competency folders
Author(s):
Scott, Patrick G.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Patrick G. Scott, RN, BSN, patrick.scott@va.gov
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Monday, November 18, 2013

Background: Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) has fully implemented technology including electronic patient health records.  One remaining paper file is the nursing competency folder. Nursing competency folders require time consuming staff hours to properly maintain and update (Allen, 2008). It is useful to note that a validated paper competency tool has been standardized throughout the facility and services (Liu, 2009; Taylor, 2000).
 Literature Search: The available research addressing electronic nursing competencies outside of simulation labs is scarce and many address academic circumstances.
 Allen (2008) does address the challenges of evaluating competency over a career span.
Implementation: VHSO began moving competency folders to an electronic format facilitating ease of use and ensuring compliance with policies regarding competency files.  An interdisciplinary committee was tasked to facilitate design of the electronic folder. Early advantages in development consisted of folder uniformity and a cover sheet that would alert managers of a required update. Some challenges included development of formats that would enhance orderly navigation through the folders and translation of current forms to an electronic layout. Discussion developed about the required time to transition to the electronic format and archiving the current paper format.  VHSO is piloting an electronic competency folder. The nursing informatics specialist was successful in creating linkages from the cover sheet to dates within the folder and an auto populated banner on each page so that each sheet contains the employee name. Embedded documents can be opened, edited, and saved within the folder. The folders are created using excel spreadsheets and placed in a shared folder.
Implications: Future improvements include an electronic signature pad to reduce scanning. Electronic notification to the employee and manager of updates is in review. Viewing competencies over a career span is plausible. Electronic nursing competencies may be developed cost-effectively using existing software.
Keywords:
electronic competency; nursing; technology
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
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.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTaking technology from the bedside to nursing competency foldersen_GB
dc.contributor.authorScott, Patrick G.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsPatrick G. Scott, RN, BSN, patrick.scott@va.goven_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308059-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Monday, November 18, 2013</p><b>Background:</b> Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) has fully implemented technology including electronic patient health records.  One remaining paper file is the nursing competency folder. Nursing competency folders require time consuming staff hours to properly maintain and update (Allen, 2008). It is useful to note that a validated paper competency tool has been standardized throughout the facility and services (Liu, 2009; Taylor, 2000).<br /="/"> <b>Literature Search: </b>The available research addressing electronic nursing competencies outside of simulation labs is scarce and many address academic circumstances. <br /="/"> Allen (2008) does address the challenges of evaluating competency over a career span. <br /="/"><b>Implementation:</b> VHSO began moving competency folders to an electronic format facilitating ease of use and ensuring compliance with policies regarding competency files.  An interdisciplinary committee was tasked to facilitate design of the electronic folder. Early advantages in development consisted of folder uniformity and a cover sheet that would alert managers of a required update. Some challenges included development of formats that would enhance orderly navigation through the folders and translation of current forms to an electronic layout. Discussion developed about the required time to transition to the electronic format and archiving the current paper format.  VHSO is piloting<i> </i>an electronic competency folder. The nursing informatics specialist was successful in creating linkages from the cover sheet to dates within the folder and an auto populated banner on each page so that each sheet contains the employee name. Embedded documents can be opened, edited, and saved within the folder. The folders are created using excel spreadsheets and placed in a shared folder. <br /="/"><b>Implications:</b> Future improvements include an electronic signature pad to reduce scanning. Electronic notification to the employee and manager of updates is in review. Viewing competencies over a career span is plausible. Electronic nursing competencies may be developed cost-effectively using existing software.en_GB
dc.subjectelectronic competencyen_GB
dc.subjectnursingen_GB
dc.subjecttechnologyen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:26:19Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:26:19Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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.en_GB
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