Nurses', midwives' and key stakeholders' experiences and perceptions on requirements to demonstrate the maintenance of professional competence.

Show simple item record Casey, Mary Cooney, Adeline O'Connell, Rhona Hegarty, Josephine Brady, Anne-Marie O'Reilly, Pauline Kennedy, Catriona Heffernan, Elizabeth Fealy, Gerard Mcnamara, Martin O'Connor, Laserina 2016-11-07T13:13:57Z 2016-11-07T13:13:57Z 2016-10-28
dc.identifier.citation Casey, M., Cooney, A., O'Connell, R., Hegarty, J.-M., Brady, A.-M., O'Reilly, P., Kennedy, C., Heffernan, E., Fealy, G., McNamara, M. and O'Connor, L. (2016) ‘Nurses', midwives' and key stakeholders' experiences and perceptions on requirements to demonstrate the maintenance of professional competence’, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(3), pp. 653-664. doi: 10.1111/jan.13171 en
dc.identifier.volume 73
dc.identifier.issued 3
dc.identifier.startpage 653
dc.identifier.endpage 664
dc.identifier.issn 1365-2648
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/jan.13171
dc.description.abstract Aim: To present the qualitative findings from a study on the development of scheme(s) to give evidence of maintenance of professional competence for nurses and midwives. Background: Key issues in maintenance of professional competence include notions of self- assessment, verification of engagement and practice hours, provision of an evidential record, the role of the employer and articulation of possible consequences for non-adherence with the requirements. Schemes to demonstrate the maintenance of professional competence have application to nurses, midwives and regulatory bodies and healthcare employers worldwide. Design: A mixed methods approach was used. This included an online survey of nurses and midwives and focus groups with nurses and midwives and other key stakeholders. The qualitative data are reported in this study. Methods: Focus groups were conducted among a purposive sample of nurses, midwives and key stakeholders from January–May 2015. A total of 13 focus groups with 91 participants contributed to the study. Findings: Four major themes were identified: Definitions and Characteristics of Competence; Continuing Professional Development and Demonstrating Competence; Assessment of Competence; The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and employers as regulators and enablers of maintaining professional competence. Conclusion: Competence incorporates knowledge, skills, attitudes, professionalism, application of evidence and translating learning into practice. It is specific to the nurse's/midwife's role, organizational needs, patient's needs and the individual nurse's/midwife's learning needs. Competencies develop over time and change as nurses and midwives work in different practice areas. Thus, role-specific competence is linked to recent engagement in practice. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd en
dc.rights © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of an article that appears in final form in the Journal of Advanced Nursing at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. en
dc.subject Focus groups en
dc.subject Nurse practitioners en
dc.subject Policy en
dc.subject Professional regulation en
dc.subject Qualitative research en
dc.title Nurses', midwives' and key stakeholders' experiences and perceptions on requirements to demonstrate the maintenance of professional competence. en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Rhona O'Connell, Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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dc.internal.pmid 27683071
dc.contributor.funder Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Advanced Nursing en
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