Validating competency

Healthcare organizations must regularly validate their employees’ job skills to comply with audits and to ensure that patients receive the best care possible.

Validating these skills on time, however, can be a struggle for administrators and employees alike.

They represent a key component of recruitment and hiring, as well as talent and performance management activities of HR departments.

Competency assessments often help form the basis for training programs and learning content, both formal and informal.

For example, organizations can embed success profiles in talent management processes, learning portals and training processes used to communicate and refresh content.

BEST PRACTICES Effective models also form the basis for linking competency with organizational strategy, an important best practice, training consultants advise.

To learn more about how Net Competency can help your organization validate job skills, download the Net Competency Solution Overview: Define, Validate, and Track Competencies in Your Organization Management.

DEFINITION A competency model is a framework for defining the skill and knowledge requirements of a job.

Strategies to ensure that nursing competence is maintained and validated are of increasing importance and are much discussed in the nursing literature.

Professional bodies, employers, nurses themselves and most importantly patients need to have reassurance that competence across the profession is uniform and is maintained.

OVERVIEW Competency models have emerged as valuable tools employed by human resources and training departments to define skill and knowledge requirements of specific jobs, to assess competencies and performances, and help set business strategy.

The models can be created for specific jobs, job groups, occupations, industries and organizations.

It is a collection of competencies that jointly define successful job performance.

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