Annual skills lab for nurses

It is my understanding that accrediting agencies are focusing on
clinician competencies. We are going to be conducting our annual "skills
lab" for nurses in June. Wondering if anyone is willing to share what is
reviewed during your skills competency assessments.



Mary Dominic, RN

Qualty Assurance Manager

mvi HomeCare, Inc.

4891 Belmont Ave.

Youngstown, Ohio 44505

330-759-9487

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  • edited May 2017
    We have selected our core clinical competencies which we feel are the most important for our populations. Then we took our procedures and designed a check off for each of the competencies so the staff members are all treated fairly.

    Some parts of the procedure we declare as mandatory such as maintaining a sterile field while doing a sterile dressing change while other parts of the procedure we may not be so fanatical about (informing the client of the procedure you are about to perform). Even though we try to make it as authentic as possible with the use of manikins and real equipment, something is lost without skin and bones to keep it real.

    Our core competencies include: trach change, ventilator care, CVL dressing changes, lab draws, accessing an implanted venous catheter, GT change and care and we always include hand hygiene in each procedure.

    I'm not sure I answered you properly, if I can be of further assistance let me know.

    Jan Fulfs, RN, BSN, President
    American Home Health
    1660 N. Farnsworth Ave., Suite #3
    Aurora, IL 60505
    Phone: 630.236.3501
    Fax: 630.236.3505
    Jan.fulfs@ahhc-1.com

  • edited May 2017
    We look at high risk, high volume and problem prone. We also look at requirements for our accrediting body and cover things there that are not just skills but reading and answering quizzes.

    We always do a PICC dressing change.
    We always do something with a wound, it has varied from measuring, and describing what sort of care you would recommend. We have used clay models and photographs of real wounds.
    We do our BP cuff inspections/calibrations at this time as well as hand hygiene and bag basics
    We have had them demo teach back before, and have given out information on our emergency plans and emergency management for themselves at home.
    We use science fair type poster boards for reading materials that they can review that are either accrediting agency required or common issues. It gives people something to do as they wait for a real station.

    Susan G. Johnsen, RN, MSN, COS-C
    LLUMC Home Health Education & Informatics Specialist
    ph: 909 558 3285

  • edited May 2017
    I love the poster board idea.

    Jan Fulfs, RN, BSN, President
    American Home Health
    1660 N. Farnsworth Ave., Suite #3
    Aurora, IL 60505
    Phone: 630.236.3501
    Fax: 630.236.3505
    Jan.fulfs@ahhc-1.com

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