Verification of resident bedside-procedure competency by intensive care nursing staff

Varun K. Bhalla, Aaron Robert Bolduc, Frank D. Lewis, Elizabeth G. NeSmith, Christopher Hogan, Jennifer S. Edmunds, Traci Bedgood Hentges, Regina S. Medeiros, Steven B Holsten

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BACKGROUND: Recent efforts by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to standardize resident education and demonstrate objective clinical proficiency have led toward more accurate documentation of resident competencies. Particularly with regard to bedside procedures, hospitals are now requiring certification of competency before allowing a provider to perform them independently. The current system at our institution uses a time-consuming, online verification system. This study provided an alternative method through an identification card with a list of bedside procedures. Our aim was an easier verification method for nurses, allowing fewer delays of bedside procedures and more time for nursing to patient care.

METHODS: We performed a prospective, controlled study, using general surgical residents and surgical intensive care nurses. Subjects performed an initial survey of their experience with the current online system in place to identify resident bedside procedure competency. Phase I involved educating the subjects about this current system followed by another survey. Phase II involved introducing our proficiency card. After 3 months, we conducted a final survey to evaluate opinions on the proficiency card, comparing it with the online verification method.

RESULTS: Nursing postintervention responses indicated that significantly less time was required to validate a resident's proficiency (P = .04). Prior to the introduction of the proficiency card, only 15% of nurses reported a verification time of 5 minutes or less, compared with 64% postintervention. In addition, nurses rated the card validation as an easier, more efficient method of verification (P = .02).

CONCLUSIONS: We believe that its continued use will not only improve the adherence to a mandatory hospital policy but also result in a less-cumbersome verification process, allowing more time for physician and nurse-to-patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Critical Care
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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