Improving the Competency of Nurses

Petra J. Porte, Lisanne M. Verweij, Carlos Fernando Collares, Martine C. de Bruijne, Cees P. M. van der Vleuten, Cordula Wagner

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To decrease infusion pump administration errors, time-consuming training is often initiated. The aims of this study were twofold: to develop minimum competency requirements for programming and operation of infusion pumps and to develop and validate a test for nurses based on those requirements. The test was completed by 226 nurses between May and December 2017. This study demonstrates that testing is a promising method to assess the competency of nurses in using medical devices. Moreover, test acceptability among nurses is high. Using competency requirements to develop a test offers the potential to tailor training needs and reduce training time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-368
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of infusion nursing : the official publication of the Infusion Nurses Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020


  • competency
  • device
  • examination
  • infusion pumps
  • safety

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