Assuring RN competency in central line catheter care

Melissa Beltran, Jean Ann Schroeder, Christine Smith, Suzanne Marnocha, Mary Kate Friess


The culture of healthcare is evolving and patients are expecting high quality, effective care from competent practitioners. This brings to light the challenge of maintaining and assuring competency in healthcare providers. The goal of this project was to identify the most effective, cost-conscious method for improving nurses’ competency in central line care. Competency-based education using low-fidelity simulation was found to improve competency in nursing practice, leading to safer care, less hospital-acquired infections, and cost savings for the patient and the healthcare organization. This article highlights the importance of maintaining competency to improve patient outcomes and includes recommendations for use of low-fidelity simulation in central line care.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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