Annual competency assessments can sometimes be a tiresome task for nurses and for educators.
Every organization completes assessment differently. At St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, OK, staff were bored of the repetitiveness of annual competency assessment, while managers were frustrated with the lack of staff completing requirements. To get staff interested and engaged in the competency assessment, educators decided to hold a fair around the theme of the TV show Survivor.
The theme followed the format of the show: if a nurse completed a competency, he or she could earn immunity. In this case, immunity was a year off from being harassed by clinical instructors about needing to complete the competency.
The rest of the fair included educational booths with games, one-on-one instructor times, and even Survivor-themed music.
St. John Medical Center’s competency fair was a success, with an 85% participation rate. Staff reported that it brought people together as a team.
How does your facility execute annual competency assessments? What do you think can make competency assessments more fun and useful? Let us know in our comment section.