Ambulatory Care Nursing Orientation and Competency Assessment Guide

Ambulatory Care Nursing Orientation and Competency Assessment Guide
  • 2nd Ed.
  • 2010
  • © American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing
  • Linda Brixey, RN
  • ISBN-10: 0-9819379-2-6 / ISBN-13: 978-0-9819379-2-2
  • eISBN-10: 0-9846597-6-5 / eISBN-13: 978-0-9846597-6-0
  • Nursing, Primary Care


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Orienting staff and matching their competencies with job duties can often feel like putting together a complicated puzzle. Instead of scratching your head and searching endlessly for the right pieces to fit together, you can turn to AAACN for a practical solution.

The Ambulatory Care Nursing Orientation and Competency Assessment Guide helps you develop a customized orientation process for new employees based on specific competencies. Chapter 1 is an overview and analysis that includes key information on assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and setting your program in motion. The other chapters present the major roles of ambulatory care nursing practice.

  • • Chapter 2: Organizational/Systems Role of the Ambulatory Care Nurse
  • • Chapter 3: Clinical Nursing Practice Competencies, Office Visit
  • • Chapter 4: Professional Nurse Role
  • • Chapter 5: Telehealth Nursing Practice
These chapters are followed by five appendices that include examples of organizational competency assessment tools, nursing practice competencies, a medical record review tool, orientation plan examples, and orientation competency validation checklists.

Positive Feedback:

Users of the guide have found it invaluable for taking the guesswork out of the orientation process. They've told us that their staff members are more confident because they know exactly what is expected of them at the nuts-and-bolts performance level.

AAACN surveyed the people who bought the guide. Here's what they told us:

  • • "We used the guide to help create an orientation manual for new nurses in an internal medicine practice."
  • • "It's been a resource for building and revising orientation/competency assessments."
  • • "We use it as a reference for planning orientation activities and role definition."
  • • "I used [the guide] to develop job descriptions and new orienteering skills inventory checklists. It can be adapted to any specialty area."

The guide has been extremely popular because ambulatory care managers know a strong orientation results in improved outcomes and enhances patient care. The guide was developed by the AAACN Staff Education Special Interest Group, whose members are among the country's leading ambulatory care nursing experts. It was reviewed by a prestigious panel of specialists whose knowledge areas include education, ambulatory patient care, and administration. The competencies are designed for registered nurses, and can easily be adapted for licensed vocational/practical nurses and other staff.


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