Core Competencies of Nurse Educators: Inspiring Excellence in Nurse Educator Practice
Kalb, Kathleen A., Nursing Education Perspectives
ABSTRACT The National League for Nursing Core Competencies of Nurse Educators with Task Statements provide a comprehensive framework for preparing new nurse educators, implementing the nurse educator role, evaluating nurse educator practice, and advancing faculty scholarship and lifelong professional development. This article describes how one nursing department uses the core competencies with current faculty and in a graduate program that prepares nurse educators.
AS STANDARDS OF PRACTICE FOR ACADEMIC NURSE EDUCATORS, the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators[C] with Task Statements, published by the National League for Nursing in 2005, inspire excellence and provide a comprehensive framework for the lifelong learning of faculty (1). As such, they can be used by nursing programs in a variety of ways. This article describes how the Department of Nursing at the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota, has used these eight core competencies and 66 related task statements to guide the development of a graduate program that prepares nurse educators and to evaluate nurse educator practice. (See Figure.)
The core competencies are a valuable resource for nurse educators and have the potential to transform nursing education by inspiring excellence in nurse educator practice. It is paramount that these standards of practice are integrated in nurse educator curricula, faculty role descriptions, and evaluation processes. By using the core competencies of nurse educators in intentional and innovative ways, nurse educators are empowered to shape their own practice and advance the education and lifelong learning of all nurse educators, thus transforming the future of nursing education. Further, the competencies can be used to influence public policy efforts affecting nurse educators and nursing education and to identify scholarship and research priorities related to the nurse educator role (2).
Figure. Core Competencies of Nurse Educators CORE COMPETENCIES DESCRIPTION Competency I: Facilitate Responsible for creating an environment Learning in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings that facilitates student learning and the achievement of desired cognitive, affective, and psychomotor outcomes. Competency II: Facilitate Recognize responsibility for helping Learner Development and students develop as nurses and integrate Socialization the values and behaviors expected of those who fulfill that role. Competency III: Use a variety of strategies to assess and Use Assessment and evaluate student learning in classroom, Evaluation Strategies laboratory, and clinical settings, as well as in all domains of learning. Competency IV: Responsible for formulating program Participate in Curriculum outcomes and designing curricula that Design and Evaluation of reflect contemporary health care trends Program Outcomes and prepare graduates to function effectively in the health care environment. Competency V: Function Function as change agents and leaders to as a Change Agent and create a preferred future for nursing Leader education and nursing practice. Competency VI: Pursue Recognize that ... role is Continuous Quality multidimensional and that an ongoing Improvement in the Nurse commitment to develop and maintain Educator Role competence in the role is essential. Competency VII: Acknowledge that scholarship is an Engage in Scholarship integral component of the faculty role, and that teaching itself is a scholarly activity. …