The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2006 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

COMPARISON AND EVALUATION OF RESPIRATORY CARE STAFF COMPETENCY FOLLOWING PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT CHANGES

Stanley Baldwin, MBA, RCP, RRT, Alan Alipoon, BS, RCP, RRT, Robert Roy, RCP, RRT, Michael H. Terry, RCP, RRT, Leo Langga, BS, RCP, RRT-NPS, Michael Lum, BS, RCP, RRT.

Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California.

Background: The 2004 annual respiratory care staff competency testing required 16 hours of combined didactic and return demonstration of patient technical procedures. Adult, Pediatric, and Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) competencies were completed in two phases (Phase I - self study with completed post test; Phase II - return demonstration). Issues were identified through the course evaluations. Changes were implemented as follows:

¨Adult, Pediatric, and the Neonatal Intensive Care competency assessments were scheduled approximately four months apart.

¨The respiratory care staff was given the opportunity to come in the week prior to testing and obtain "hands on practice" in an open laboratory setting.

¨ The new competencies focused on psychomotor skills referencing policies and procedures.

¨ All competencies were criterion referenced.

¨ The competency algorithm was an open loop design that allowed any staff failing to retest until they passed.

¨ The time required for each staff to complete the three competencies was 13.5 hours. This amounted to an annual savings of approximately $75 (2.5hrs X $30) per staff member.

Method: Thirty-two evaluation scores from each year, 2004, 2005, and 2006 were randomly selected for comparison. The evaluation instrument was a five-point Likert scale with a score of one being "Poor", a score of two "Fair", a score of three "Good", a score of four "Very Good" and score of five "Excellent". The topics for evaluation were: Objectives Met, Clinical Value, Presentation/Organization; and Environment. All four scores were averaged to summarize the overall evaluation of each competency.

Results:  See Table 1 below. The mean and standard deviation were calculated for each sample. The mean score of 4.25 for the 2004 Competency increased to 4.69 in the 2005 and 2006 Competencies. This equated to a 10% improvement.

Table 1 - Competency Testing Program Evaluation Scores

2004 Comprehensve Competency 2005 NICU Competency 2006 Pediatric Competency
Mean = 4.25 Mean = 4.69 Mean = 4.69
Stdev = 0.73 Stdev = 0.47 Stdev = 0.69
n = 32 n = 32 n = 32

Conclusion: Through the use of performance improvement changes we were able to enhance our staff experience, better meet our educational objectives and increase clinical value in our annual competency testing while reducing cost.

 

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