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Competency Evaluation

In every area of nursing practice, the clinical skills of the nurse are evaluated to establish competency in performance of those skills. Competency evaluates the nurse’s ability to apply knowledge and skills effectively to a specific practice setting. The skills can be generalized or specific to a specialty, they can be basic or advanced.111

SANE practice is no different. Nurses functioning in this role are expected to achieve a variety of competencies in their practice, and program managers must ensure that competency is evaluated and documented. Clinical competencies in SANE practice, whether adult or pediatric, are outlined in the IAFN SANE Education Guidelines and can be used as a guide for all program managers for formal evaluation.