They are looking for a new grad nurse to be competent, proficiency will come! This will happen with time.
Expectations for competency would include:
- Be able to use the nursing process: talked about earlier: Assess Diagnosis, Plan, and Evaluate. Can develop a care plan and follow an existing plan.
- Recognize your own limitations and know your abilities: As a new nurse you will not know all the answers or what to do in all situations, but you are expected to know when to ask for help and to know when you are in over your head and to seek assistance. Best not to fake it here, it is expected for you to ask for help! It may involve your patient’s safety if you don’t.
- Have enough knowledge to provide safe care and for decision-making. You must know when an emergency or complication is occurring and where to go for help. Continue reading