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Nursing and competencies - a natural fit : the politics of skill/competency formation in nursing

Windsor, Carol, Douglas, Clint, & Harvey, Theresa (2012) Nursing and competencies - a natural fit : the politics of skill/competency formation in nursing. Nursing Inquiry, 19(3), pp. 213-222.

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Abstract

The last two decades have seen a significant restructuring of work across Australia and other industrialised economies, a critical part of which has been the appearance of competency based education and assessment. The competency movement is about creating a more flexible and mobile labour force to increase productivity and it does so by redefining work as a set of transferable or ‘soft’ generic skills that are transportable and are the possession of the individual. This article sought to develop an analysis of competency based clinical assessment of nursing students across a bachelor of nursing degree course. This involved an examination of a total of 406 clinical assessment tools that covered the years 1992-2009 and the three years of a bachelor degree. Data analysis generated three analytical findings: the existence of a hierarchy of competencies that prioritises soft skills over intellectual and technical skills; the appearance of skills as personal qualities or individual attributes; and the absence of context in assessment. The article argues that the convergence in nursing of soft skills and the professionalisation project reform has seen the former give legitimacy to the enduring invisibility and devaluation of nursing work.

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ID Code: 42326
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Competence, Competency, Soft skills, Nursing, Professionalisation
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2011.00549.x
ISSN: 1440-1800
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2011 15:32
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2013 11:58

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