A Synthesis of the literature on "Competence" as it applies to Perioperative Nursing

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Title A Synthesis of the literature on "Competence" as it applies to Perioperative Nursing
Author Gillespie, Brigid Mary; Hamlin, Lois
Journal Name AORN Journal
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Perioperative competence is an eclectic concept that has been difficult to define and even more difficult to measure. Competence has been described in relation to standards of practice with little emphasis placed on its interpersonal aspects. This article presents a synthesis of the literature focused on perioperative nurse competence. Although specialized knowledge in the form of technical proficiency is important, it is no longer the only indicator of perioperative competence. The findings in this synthesis attest to the increased awareness and emphasis given to human factors—recognition that teamwork, communication, coordination, and leadership also affect human performance. Based on these findings, the next important step would be to develop and test these categories of competence empirically.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00012092
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aorn.2009.07.011
Volume 90
Issue Number 2
Page from 245
Page to 258
ISSN 0001-2092
Date Accessioned 2009-09-09
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative); Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26328
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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