Some competencies in the LPN Competency Profile are obtained through education, training and clinical experiences beyond the practical nursing program. Beyond Entry-Level Competencies are those skills gained through additional education and clinical practice. Beyond entry-level competencies may be informal or formal.
Informal Beyond Entry-Level Competencies are new technical skills/competencies built on existing fundamental LPN knowledge and education. The educational and clinical opportunities necessary to support informal beyond entry level competencies can usually be provided in the practice area by a mentor or preceptor.
Formal Beyond Entry-Level Competencies are new technical skills/competencies built on advanced (or new) LPN knowledge and education. The educational and clinical opportunities necessary to support formal beyond entry-level competencies require a structured educational program/session made up of a learning module, clinical learning opportunity, and policy that outlines a process for documenting the achievement and maintenance of competency
The nurse retains the accountability:
- to maintain and increase their practice capacity beyond the entry level over their lifetime of their career.
The employer retains the accountability:
- To determine whether a competency is formal or informal (a College Practice Consultant can provide guidance if needed @ 423-8517) ;
- To access or develop the necessary organizational learning modules, clinical learning opportunities, and operational policies, and
- To monitor and document an individual nurse’s initial and ongoing competence.