Beyond competencies : using a capability framework in developing practice standards for advanced practice nursing

O'Connell, Jane, Gardner, Glenn E., & Coyer, Fiona M. (2014) Beyond competencies : using a capability framework in developing practice standards for advanced practice nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(12), pp. 2728-2735.

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This paper presents a discussion on the application of a capability framework for advanced practice nursing standards/competencies.


There is acceptance that competencies are useful and necessary for definition and education of practice-based professions. Competencies have been described as appropriate for practice in stable environments with familiar problems. Increasingly competencies are being designed for use in the health sector for advanced practice such as the nurse practitioner role. Nurse practitioners work in environments and roles that are dynamic and unpredictable necessitating attributes and skills to practice at advanced and extended levels in both familiar and unfamiliar clinical situations. Capability has been described as the combination of skills, knowledge, values and self-esteem which enables individuals to manage change, be flexible and move beyond competency.


A discussion paper exploring 'capability' as a framework for advanced nursing practice standards.


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As advanced practice nursing becomes more established and formalized, novel ways of teaching and assessing the practice of experienced clinicians beyond competency are imperative for the changing context of health services.


Leading researchers into capability in health care state that traditional education and training in health disciplines concentrates mainly on developing competence. To ensure that healthcare delivery keeps pace with increasing demand and a continuously changing context there is a need to embrace capability as a framework for advanced practice and education.

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ID Code: 79889
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: advanced practice, context specificity, clinical competence, capability
DOI: 10.1111/jan.12475
ISSN: 0309-2402
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Deposited On: 07 Jan 2015 23:39
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 22:23

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