At the October board meeting held in Salt Lake City, UT, the board of directors of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) approved the endorsement of the Statement on Continuing Competence for Nursing: A Call to Action. The endorsement of this statement was requested by the American Board of Nursing Specialties, of which MSNCB is a member. This statement was developed by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCPHN). Acceptance of the following definitions by the members of ABNS ensures universally accepted definitions.
- A professional and ethical obligation to safe practice
- A commitment made to the individual, the profession, and to consumers
- A responsibility shared among the profession, regulatory bodies, certification organizations/workplaces, and individual nurses.
- Healthcare organizations/workplaces accept responsibility for measuring, documenting, and supporting competency, and for addressing any deficiencies in staff members; competency
- Evolutionary, in that it builds upon previous competence and integrates new evidence
- Dynamic, fluid, and impacted by many factors as the individual enters new roles and situations
Continuing competence is
- The ongoing commitment of a registered nurse to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and judgment with the attitudes, values, and beliefs required to practice safely, effectively, and ethically in a designated role and setting.
For more information, download the ABNS Statement on Continuing Competence for Nursing