The Role of Apn in Ensuring Staff Competencies and High Standard of Care

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Competency was frequently employed to determine staff skills against the requirements of a position. It was also used to support staff development, as a tool to facilitate individual performance review, and to identify the ongoing professional development needs of individual staff (Baker R., 2003). Each staff in the ward should have their own competencies on functional, team and organization effectiveness according to their different levels of position including Registered Nurse, Enrolled Nurse and all the supporting staff working in hospital. Since the competency of each level of staff is embracing or adding on to that below, being an APN, he or she should familiarize with each level’s core competency in order to lead and supervise them to ensure the high standard of care in the ward. According to World Health Organization, “standard of care” is defined as a generally accepted level of care or set of processes that all practitioners should follow in dealing with a specific patient or disease. Care that does not reach the defined level would be considered substandard and not acceptable. A standard differs from a guideline in that it does not provide specific guidance on disease management presents a principle or set of principles that can be applied in all situations, and that provide a platform on which care can be founded. In addition, a standard can be used as an indicator of the overall adequacy of disease management against which individual or collective practices can be measured. One of the major roles of APN is to ensure the staff competencies by refining and facilitating the nursing practice with support and supervision on the ward staff. Encouraging and motivating them in update their knowledge and skills, strive for continuous improvement for both themselves and the standard of care in ward. Thus, to create a harmony working environment for the staff

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