Clinical Evaluations Using KSA's:Developing Tools and Strategies
Dr. Mary Paterson & Dr. Teresa Walsh
Catholic University of America-School of Nursing
Evidence-Based Practice, Informatics, Patient-Centered Care, Quality Improvement, Safety, Teamwork and Collaboration
- Provides Patient-Centered Care a. Demonstrate and elicit patient professional and caring values to clients as expressed in the process recordings, and complete health assessment. b. Elicit and communicate with patients, as related to the patient’s needs, values, and preferences. Express these effectively with confidentiality to other members of health care team. c. Complete a comprehensive health history incorporating and appraisal of psychosocial and physiologic issues. d. Assess levels of physical and emotional comfort.
- Exhibits Teamwork and Collaboration a. Demonstrate awareness of own strengths and limitations as a team member. b. Functions with assistance and direction as a member of the health care team. c. Initiate requests for help when appropriate to situation. d. Communicate with team members, in professional manner. Communicates in effective verbal and written manner, adapting one’s own style of communication and adapting that style to needs of the team and situation.
- Incorporates Evidence-Based Practice a. Demonstrate knowledge of basic scientific methods and processes in basic nursing skills (examples: Infectious Disease prevention, Body Mechanics). b. Base individualized plan of care on patient values, clinical expertise and scientific evidence. c. Read evidence based reports related to area of practice and implement the same effectively. 4. Understands & Applies Quality Improvement Methods a. Describe strategies for learning about the outcomes of care in the setting in which one is engaged in clinical practice. b. Recognize that nursing and other health professions students are parts of systems of care and care processes that affect outcomes for patients and families. c. Recognize that there can be tension between professional autonomy and system functioning in providing quality patient care. d. Recognize that there are different approaches for changing processes of care. 5. Promotes Safety a. Demonstrate effective use of technology and standardized practices that support patient safety and quality (body mechanic skills, infectious disease management, etc.). b. Demonstrate effective use of strategies to reduce risk of harm to self or others. c. Use of appropriate strategies to reduce reliance on memory (such as, forcing functions, checklists). d. Communicate observations or concerns related to hazards and errors to the instructor, members of the health care team, patients, and families.
- Understands & Utilizes Informatics a. Explain why information and technology skills are essential for safe patient care. b. Obtain access to the electronic health record. c. Document patient care in an electronic health record. d. Recognize the time, effort, and skill required for computers, databases and other technologies to become reliable and effective tools for patient care.