A standard for entry-level nurse competency with accompanying tools for orientation
“AACN Competence Framework for Progressive and Critical Care: Initial Competency 2022” establishes the standard for entry-level nurse competency. Using this framework, preceptors and managers can confidently determine that a nurse who is new to an ICU or PCU practice area is ready to transition from orientation to more independent patient assignments.
1Eight Synergy Nurse Competencies (SNCs)
2Measurable, content-validated performance outcomes (POs)
3Core lists of content-validated knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) for ICU, PCU and PICU
Purchase the accompanying toolkit to help implement the competence framework. This toolkit contains documentation tools including PO and KSA lists and Excel files for scoring and evaluation. It also includes teaching materials such as a presentation slide deck, tip card and videos.
My preceptors loved the documentation tools and felt like it helps better prepare new nurses. It guides preceptors on how to evaluate critical thinking and prioritization, rather than just through a set of skills.Edy Price, BSN, RN, CCRN ICU unit-based educator, St. Luke’s Health System, Meridian, ID
I loved that AACN provided not just the documentation tools themselves but also multiple resources for me to utilize when implementing the SNC competence framework.Jodi Doney, MS, RN, NPD-BC, CV-BC, CNL Nurse educator, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH