March 11, 2024By Teresa Gore

How Managing Clinical Simulation for Competency Can Super-Charge Nursing Education

Education Management Solutions (EMS) provides powerful solutions that support healthcare providers in their competency tracking initiatives. EMS’s comprehensive platform enables institutions to track and measure students’ progress effectively with advanced assessment tools and detailed reports and analytics that can identify individual learning gaps. As healthcare education continues to evolve, educators need to ensure future healthcare professionals are competent in the skills they need to provide quality patient care. To meet the demands of this continuous skill development, competency tracking has emerged as an up-and-coming standardized assessment modality that provides valuable insights into students’ clinical abilities. This article will explore the top four reasons why competency tracking is an essential component in the future of healthcare education and how EMS can assist in providing those necessities.

1. Enhance Objectivity and Consistency

Competency tracking enables healthcare education institutions to establish standardized evaluation criteria for students. By utilizing predefined competencies and assessment rubrics, educators can evaluate students consistently across the program, eliminating bias and subjectivity. This approach ensures fair and objective assessments, leading to more accurate and reliable evaluations of student performance.

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2. Identify Individual Learning Needs

Competency tracking promotes a comprehensive assessment of students’ clinical abilities. By tracking and measuring specific skills and competencies, educators gain valuable insights into each student’s strengths and areas for improvement. Identifying these learning needs early on allows institutions to tailor educational programs to address gaps, resulting in more competent and confident graduates.

3. Improve Patient Safety

Patient safety is paramount in healthcare, and competency tracking plays a crucial role in ensuring that students possess the necessary skills and knowledge to provide safe and effective patient care. In recent research a positive correlation has been found between nursing competence and patient safety scores. By tracking and assessing competencies related to patient safety, institutions can graduate healthcare professionals who are capable of delivering high-quality care while minimizing the risk of medical errors.

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4. Meet Accreditation Requirements

Accreditation bodies and regulatory agencies increasingly emphasize the need for healthcare education institutions to demonstrate accountability and meet specific standards. Competency tracking provides concrete evidence of student progress and outcomes, allowing institutions to effectively meet accreditation requirements. By incorporating competency tracking, healthcare education programs can confidently showcase their commitment to producing highly competent healthcare professionals.

Education Management Solutions’ Competency Platform

Education Management Solutions’ Competency software provides educators the ability to assess curriculum, manage clinical training, and track learner progression. The Competency solution gives programs the ability to analyze learning performance across all assessment systems, map curricula, manage rotations, and obtain deliverable data for accreditors. Additionally, the EMS Competency platform provides robust reporting features that enable institutions to meet accreditation requirements and demonstrate program outcomes to all of their stakeholders.

Competency can be used as a primary source of mastery, allowing educators to track whether their students are learning – or missing – specific competencies. EMS’ Competency supports automatic aggregation of mass amounts of data for simple and effective student and program assessment. By integrating multiple data systems and sources into a single, readily available view, Competency streamlines day-to-day processes that allows for long-term analysis. Ultimately, data can be gathered for student analysis including exams, team learning, case learning, co-curricular activities, and simulation.

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How Nursing Schools Can Benefit from Competency

In nursing schools, EMS Competency helps organize and interpret student assessments and help achieve demonstrable clinical reasoning skills that result in positive educational outcomes, helping prepare students for real world clinical practice. Moreover, the Competency assessment management platform for higher ed empowers nursing schools to better define their program’s mission, goals, and objectives by tracking learner and program outcomes. And with Competency’s intuitive dashboard format, it’s easy to leverage the progression tracker functionality to assess program outcomes and identify the most promising elements of each progression pathway.

While some nursing programs offer multiple tracks and degrees, EMS Competency can simplify this process with its ability to recognize each of these programs’ individual outcomes that can be aligned and tracked in a real-time dashboard. These user-based dashboards allow educators to easily drill down as far as course and learner-level outcomes, or as high as institutional-level outcomes. This flexible granularity allows administrators, faculty, and students to analyze specific data that’s most important to their day to day activities, as well as report on long-term insights.

Nursing Education and Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education can enhance the clinical performance of health care providers and is increasingly emphasized in nursing.

Professional organizations and regulatory bodies are calling for radical transformation in nursing education along with increased emphasis on developing clinical judgment. CBE offers the opportunity to enhance interprofessional education, increase the use of simulation, and improve clinical judgment in new graduate and advanced practice nurses.

Research shows us that students who received competency-based education had significantly higher academic performance in the medical–surgical nursing course and practicum than did the control group. Required core competencies and metacognitive abilities improved significantly in the competency-based education group as compared to the control group after adjusting for covariates. Competency-based education is worth implementing and may close the gap between education and the ever-changing work environment.

Education Management Solutions’ Competency solution manages and monitors the quality of medical education while analyzing individual learner performance against key competencies across the entire program – automating individual “learner fingerprints” within an AAMC competency framework. When paired with EMS’ recently launched Training in Motion® solution, Competency provides educators with a highly portable simulation platform that allows them to conduct highly effective training with learner progression tracking built in anywhere that training is needed..

More About Education Management Solutions (EMS)

Education Management Solutions creates innovative solutions that empower the delivery of the best healthcare outcomes for their partners at higher education, healthcare, and government institutions. From its Simulation and Competency solutions to the latest Training in Motion mobile simulation solution, EMS provides a comprehensive learning backbone that elevates the discipline of healthcare anytime, anywhere.

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