Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Nursing faculty are responsible for graduating competent students and being competent themselves; however, the required competencies of clinical nursing faculty who instruct students in the clinical area are unidentified. The practice problem addressed in this project was the lack of a structured, organized process for identifying initial and ongoing competencies of a clinical nursing facility. The purpose of this project was to explore nursing faculty clinical competency and provide a multimethod, multispecialty approach for implementing clinical nursing faculty competency. The target population was clinical nursing faculty (n= 30) in an academic setting. This project explored the impact of a multimethod, multispecialty approach for assessment and evaluation of clinical nursing faculty competency. The project was guided by Benner's theory of novice to expert; Roger's theory of diffusion and innovation; and the plan, do, check, act model. The study analyzed the data obtained from clinical nursing faculty demographics, and competency validation of 3 clinical and 3 academic, remediation, and retesting outcomes. Descriptive statistics and t test were utilized in analyzing the data. The project findings revealed the clinical nursing faculty members are 100% clinically competent and 68.7% academically competent in the areas evaluated. The project findings have implications for social change through role modeling of leadership skills by clinical nursing faculty and improving student clinical instruction by cultivating competent clinical nursing faculty.