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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Janice K. Warrington, MSNEd, RN (Delaware Technical & Community College)
Description: The book is designed as a resource for educators who are responsible for nursing programs.
Purpose: The authors provide an outline of the processes essential to the implementation of competency-based education as well as a detailed explanation of what it is. The book includes tools for developing, implementing, and evaluating competency-based education and challenges educators to reconsider revising their current teaching methods.
Audience: The audience includes advanced practice nurses and faculty who are responsible for developing educational programs. Dr. Marion Anema has written extensively on nursing education and the practice of nursing. Dr. Jan McKoy has held appointments as nursing faculty and department chair.
Features: The book starts with an overview of competency-based nursing that includes the theory and driving forces behind the concept as well as the pros and cons, allowing readers to see both sides and draw their own conclusions. It then provides a complete guide to essential processes for developing competency statements to address all levels and types of learning as well as developing objective and performance assessments. The authors also discuss why competency-based education is important to the profession and provide strategies to overcome implementation challenges.
Assessment: This is a jumping-off point for nurse educators who are looking to make changes in their curriculum and methods of teaching nursing.