Date of Award

Summer 2022

Document Type

Final DNP Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Family Nurse Practitioner

Department

Nursing

Faculty Chair

Dr. Jolie Wildinger

Preceptor

Teresa Price PA-C

Mentor

Nanette Mudiam

Abstract

Background: Checklists are commonly used in many healthcare settings to validate one’s competency in a skill or task. Competency is essential to help reduce human errors and prevent patient harm, improving patient outcomes while carrying out evidence-based care.

Purpose: The purpose of this DNP project was to improve patient care, patient care outcomes, and workflow efficiency in a charitable clinic by identifying strengths and opportunities for growth among the staff and volunteers through a competency evaluation tool utilizing a skills checklist.

Methods: This quality improvement project included implementing a competency evaluation tool with a skills checklist for staff and volunteers in a charitable clinic.

Results: Significant findings included an increased understanding of the workflow, job responsibilities, and skills required in the patient care area. The project findings also demonstrated increased knowledge and confidence in performing the skills needed.

Conclusion: A competency evaluation tool and skills checklist can be used to validate one’s knowledge and the ability to perform specific skills while improving workflow processes. However, much research remains needed to further these findings and contribute to the current evidence.

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Nursing Commons

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