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Clinical Nursing Skills

Competency-Based Assessments

Clinical Nursing SkillsCompetency-Based Assessments

Competency-Based Assessments

1 .
The Katz ADL Index is very useful in creating a common language about patient function for all healthcare practitioners involved in overall patient care planning and discharge planning. Using the Katz ADL Index assess your peers, friends, or family members to increase competency when completing functional assessments.
2 .
Pair up with another person and teach them how to properly walk with a cane.
3 .
Choose a partner and practice placing each other in common patient positions, including supine (back), Fowler’s (supine, head of the bed raised), orthopneic (tripod pose), prone (stomach), lateral (side-lying), and Sim’s (semiprone). Discuss what feels comfortable or uncomfortable, what parts of the body feel like pressure points, and what you can do to relieve the pressure during position changes.
4 .
Review the competency checklists for this chapter and have a peer or instructor assess your performance of the tasks. You can find the checklists on the Student resources tab of your book page on

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