Introducing a New Competency into Nursing Practice

Kathleen A. Calzone, Jean Jenkins, Stacey Culp, Sarah Caskey, Laurie Badzek

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As science advances, new competencies must be integrated into nursing practice to ensure the provision of safe, responsible, and accountable care. This article utilizes a model for integrating a new complex competency into nursing practice, using genomics as the exemplar competency. Nurses working at 23 Magnet Recognition Program hospitals participated in a 1-year new competency integration effort. The aim of the study was to evaluate nursing workforce attitudes, receptivity, confidence, competency, knowledge, and practices regarding genomics. Results were analyzed using descriptive statistical techniques. Respondents were 7,798 licensed registered nurses. The majority (89%) said it was very or somewhat important for nurses to become more educated in the genetics of common diseases. Overall, the respondents felt genomics was important, but a genomic nursing competency deficit affecting all nurses regardless of academic preparation or role was observed. The study findings provide essential information to help guide the integration of a new competency into nursing practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-47
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Regulation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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