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Competency Toolkit

Competencies help guide our work by establishing behaviors that are consistent with the practice standards and guidelines. They establish the philosophy of lifelong learning, which leads them to seek opportunities to learn about current trends and practice changes. Nursing at Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to providing and promoting a learning organization necessary in our complex and rapidly changing health care system.

COMPETENCY TOOLS

An Organizational Competency Strategy
The validation process is focused on moving large numbers of nurses through the program with little connection to performance improvement, scope of practice, performance appraisal and most importantly, patient safety.

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High Performance Programming Model
The intent of this grid is to show how using the framework of the High Performance Programming (HPP) model (Nelson & Burns, 2005) along with components of the Nursing Professional Development Specialist Practice model (NPDS), (ANA & NNSDO, 2010) can be used to design a strategy for nursing professional development.

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Developing an Evidenced-Based Competency Framework
This paper describes the process that the National Nursing Professional Development Committee used to develop standardized competencies for the incumbent and future nurses of Kaiser Permanente and as guideposts for continuing work with academic partners.

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KP Competency Domain Model
The KP Competency Model showing the relationships between foundational and professional competencies and how they are important in achieving exceptional patient- /family-centered care.

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Application of the KP Competency Domain Model
This document was created with the ambulatory registered nurse in KP Southern California in mind. Most of the examples of evidence of competence can be applied broadly, however, you might find some that are very specific to ambulatory or work flows in KPS Southern California.

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SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCY TOOLS

Using a High-Performance Planning Model to Increase Levels of Functional Effectiveness Within Professional Development
By Peggi Winter, DNP, MA, RN, NE-BC

This report is published in the
Journal for Nurses in Professional Development
January/February 2016 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 33–40

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Education Roadmap
A visual map showing the nurse's path from the entry-level degrees up to the profession's terminal degrees.

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Certification Roadmap
A visual map highlighting the step to receiving various nursing certifications.

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Behavioral Interviewing for Foundational Competencies
This tool is an instrument designed to provide information for the hiring of nurses that are aligned with and are equipped to deliver on the mission of KP, and whose behavior and professional practice reflect the foundational competency domains of leadership, ethics, communication, technology-enabled care and professionalism.

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Competency Self Assessment
This self-assessment is meant to create a gap analysis between the practice habits and awareness of the professional competencies and their use in the nurse’s daily practice.

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Determining if Education is the Solution
Education is not always the answer. This documents provides a way to determine if education is the solution and prevents the "spray and pray" approach to elimintion errors.

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KP Nursing Competencies and Case Studies
A collection of nursing competencies and case studies for each of the professional competencies.

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