Nursing - Specific Competences

1. Demonstrates the ability to practise within the context of professional, ethical, regulatory and legal codes, recognising and responding to moral/ethical dilemmas and issues in day to day practice.

2. Demonstrates the ability to practise in a holistic, tolerant, non judgmental, caring and sensitive manner, ensuring that the rights, beliefs and wishes of different individuals and groups are not compromised.

3. Demonstrates the  ability to educate, facilitate, promote, support and encourage the health, wellbeing and comfort of populations, communities, groups and individuals whose lives are affected by, ill death, distress, disease, disability or death.

4. Within the scope of his/her professional practice and accountability, demonstrates awareness of the different roles, responsibilities and functions of a nurse.

5. Within the scope of his/her professional practice and accountability, demonstrates the ability to adjust their role to respond effectively to population/patient needs. Where necessary and appropriate is able to challenge current systems to meet population/patient needs.

6. Demonstrates the ability to accept responsibility for his/her own professional development and learning, using evaluation as a way to reflect and improve upon his/her performance so as to enhance the quality of service delivery.

Competences: nursing practice and clinical decision making

7. Demonstrates the ability to undertake comprehensive and systematic assessments using the tools/frameworks appropriate to the patient/client taking into account relevant physical, social, cultural, psychological, spiritual and environment factors.

8. Demonstrates the ability to undertake an effective risk assessment and take appropriate actions.

9. Demonstrates the ability to recognise and interpret signs of normal and changing health/ ill health, distress, or disability in the person (assessment/diagnosis).

10. Demonstrates the ability to respond to patient/client needs by planning, delivering and evaluating appropriate and individualised programmes of care working in partnership with the patient/client, their carers, families and other health/social workers.

11. Demonstrates the ability to critically question, evaluate, interpret and synthesis a range of information and data sources to facilitate patient choice.

12. Demonstrates the ability to make sound clinical judgments to ensure quality standards are met and practice is evidence based.

13. Demonstrates the ability to use modern technologies to assess and respond appropriately to patient/client need (for example through telenursing, multimedia and web resources).

14. Demonstrates the ability to appropriately use a range of nurse skills, medical devices and interventions/activities to provide optimum care.

15. Using nursing skills, medical devices and interventions/activities to provide optimum care, demonstrates the ability to maintain patient/client dignity, advocacy and confidentiality.

16. Using nursing skills, medical devices and interventions/activities to provide optimum care, demonstrates the ability to practice principles of health and safety, including moving and handling, infection control; essential first aid and emergency procedures.

17. Using nursing skills, medical devices and interventions/activities to provide optimum care, demonstrates the ability to safely administer medicines and other therapies.

18. Using nursing skills, medical devices and interventions/activities to provide optimum care, demonstrates the ability to consider emotional, physical and personal care needs, including meeting the need for comfort, nutrition, personal hygiene and enabling the person to maintain the activities necessary for daily life.

19. Using nursing skills, medical devices and interventions/activities to provide optimum care, demonstrates the ability to respond to a person’s needs throughout the life span and health/illness experience e.g. pain, life choices, revalidation, invalidity or when dying.

20. Demonstrates the ability to inform, educate and supervise patient/carers and their families.

Knowledge and cognitive competences

21. Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of the theories of nursing and nursing practice that can be appropriately applied to nursing practice, patient/client care and situations of uncertainty.

22. Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of theories concerning the nature and challenge of professional practice that can be appropriately applied to nursing practice, patient/client care and situations of uncertainty. 

23. Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of the natural and life sciences that can be appropriately applied to nursing practice, patient/client care and situations of uncertainty.

24. Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of the social, health and behavioural sciences that can be appropriately applied to nursing practice, patient/client care and situations of uncertainty.

25. Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of ethical theory, law and humanities that can be appropriately applied to nursing practice, patient/client care and situations of uncertainty.

26. Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of technology and health care informatics that can be appropriately applied to nursing practice, patient/client care and situations of uncertainty. 

27. Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of international and national policies that can be appropriately applied to nursing practice, patient/client care and situations of uncertainty. 

28. Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of problem solving, decision making and conflict theories that can be appropriately applied to nursing practice, patient/client care and situations of uncertainty. 

29. Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of theories related to personal and professional development so as to enhance their professional practice.

30 Demonstrates current and relevant knowledge of the research process and current nursing research that can be appropriately applied to nursing actions nursing activities to provide nursing care that is rigorous and evidence based.

Communication and interpersonal competences (including technology for communication)

31. Demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively (including the use of new technologies): with patients, families and social groups, including those with communication difficulties.

32. Demonstrates the ability to enable patients and their carers to express their concerns and worries and can respond appropriately e.g. emotional, social, psychological, spiritual or physical worries.

33. Demonstrates the ability to appropriately represent the patient/client's perspective and act to prevent abuse.

34. Demonstrates the ability to appropriately use counselling skills to promote patient well being; 

35. Demonstrates the ability to identify and manage challenging behaviour (using communication techniques to promote patient well being).

36. Demonstrates the ability to recognise anxiety, stress and depression (using communication techniques to promote patient well being).

37. Demonstrates the ability to give emotional support and identify when specialist counselling or other interventions are needed.

38. Demonstrates the ability to identify and use opportunities for health promotion and health education activities.

39. Demonstrates the ability to accurately report, record, document and refer care using appropriate technologies.

Leadership, management and team competences

40. Demonstrates the ability to realise that patient/client well-being is achieved through the combined resources and actions of all members of the health/social care team.

41. Demonstrates the ability to lead and co-ordinate a team, delegating care appropriately and meaningfully.

42. Demonstrates the ability to work and communicate collaboratively and effectively with other nurses in the best interests of the patient/client.

43. Demonstrates the ability to work and communicate collaboratively and effectively with all support staff to prioritise and manage time effectively while quality standards are met

44. Demonstrates the ability to assess risk and actively promote the well-being, security and safety of all people in the working environment (including themselves).

45. Demonstrates the ability to critically use tools to evaluate and audit care according to relevant quality standards.

46. Within the clinical context, demonstrates the ability to educate, facilitate, supervise and support nursing students and other health/social care students or workers.

47. Demonstrates an awareness of the principles of health/social care funding and uses resources effectively.