Effectiveness of using Competency Assessment Framework for Newly Recruited Registered Nurses to increase knowledge, skills and confidence for patient care in an integrated long-term care facilityName : Dr. Mark Jason Regin Torres
Affliation : REGISTERED NURSE
University : Orange Valley Nursing Homes Pte Ltd
Country : Singapore
The recruitment of local registered nurses proved to be a greater challenge in an integrated long-term care facility such as a Nursing Home, as compared to local restructured hospitals. As such, the ratio for the number of trained nursing staff (Registered and Enrolled Nurses) to untrained nursing staff (Nursing Aide) is disproportionate as compared to local restructured hospitals. Typically, a nursing home staffing ratio comprises approximately 15-20% of trained nursing staff.
To ensure nursing competency, a competency assessment framework is formulated to ensure these nurses are orientated to the nursing practice and regulatory guidelines of Singapore. The Registered Nurses are assigned to participate in a Nursing Orientation Programme within the first two months of their employment and assessed for competency via a comprehensive Competency Assessment Framework. This concept facilitates new registered nurses to streamline nursing practices to comply with regulatory guidelines and integrated into the Singapore healthcare practice.
A registered nurse by profession licenced by the Professional Regulation Commission in the Philippines and Board of Nursing in Singapore. I began my career in healthcare in a district hospital near my hometown. However the bulk of my experience as a healthcare provider started when I was hired as a Nursing Aide by Orange Valley Nursing Homes Pte. Ltd. in Singapore way back 2010. I have been with the company ever since, working my way up accumulating relevant knowledge and skills in caring for residents with special needs, attending seminars and trainings and obtaining certificates along the way.