Nursing organizations release list of competencies for nursing home culture change

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A group of nursing organizations on Thursday released a list of 10 nurse competencies for nursing home culture change. The move marks the end of a two-year effort to find the most relevant competencies for creating person-centered care, according to a press release.

The new list is the result of a joint effort by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, the Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations and the Pioneer Network. The organization convened a panel of 31 experts in nursing and other areas to explore the role of nurses in the culture change movement. The competencies include effective communication skills, creating a system to maintain consistency of caregivers for residents, and including residents and families in shared problem solving, decision-making and planning.

The organizations' members view these competencies as a step toward further integrating the nursing team into culture change in nursing homes. More information on the list of competencies is available at www.pioneernetwork.net.
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