Debbie Roberts, Carol Forde-Johnston

Competency versus proficiency: trying to develop an understanding of these terms in the context of practice learning

  • General Nursing

The language of nurse education in the UK has shifted from ‘competency’ to ‘proficiency’ since 2018. The shift in language has been poorly articulated leaving individual higher education institutions, practice supervisors and assessors to interpret what these terms mean in relation to assessing student nurses. There appeared to be some confusion regarding the interpretation of the term proficiency among those who engaged in an exchange on the topic via Twitter. Students may focus on the procedure-based checklists within the standards. The relationship between proficiency and implementing a person-centred approach to care remains unclear.

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