Development of nurse competency assessment tool for end of life care*
Keywords:instrument development; nurse competency; end of life care
The objective of this research was to define and develop a tool for assessing nurse competencies in the area of end of life care. In-depth interviews and group discussion were conducted with 15 registered nurses together with a literature review to determine competencies and related details that demonstrated skills, knowledge,
and capability in each competency. Content validation of the tool included qualitative content validity verified by 7 head nurses using the group discussion, and quantitative content validity verified by 3 experts.
The results revealed that the competencies in the area of end of life care consisted of 7 competencies as follows: 1) communication skills; 2) assessment and care planning; 3) pain management; 4) discomfort management; 5) spiritual care; 6) cultural care; and 7) bereavement care. Following the trial use of the instrument for assessing nurse competencies at 7 patient wards, it was found that the users totally agreed that the instrument was practical.
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