The Open UniversitySkip to content

Skill analysis part 2: evaluating a practice skill

Price, Bob (2012). Skill analysis part 2: evaluating a practice skill. Nursing Standard, 26(18) pp. 51–57.

Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This is the second of three articles exploring skill analysis, assisting readers to evaluate a practice skill of their choice. Sometimes evaluations are made against external reference points, the comptencies of the registered nurse or a job description for a post eagerly sought after; sometimes they are made with reference to aspirations -- an ideal of the skill in use that the nurse and colleagues admire. Nurses may be understandably anxious about the evaluation of practice skills, as they work in a performance-oriented world where they are judged on whether their practice is competent, safe, ethical, cost effective and efficient. Nonetheless, understanding the strengths and weaknesses of a chosen practice skill is central to practice development. If the skill is to be affirmed, improved or adjusted, it is necessary to evaluate the skill in use.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 RCN Publishing
ISSN: 0029-6570
Keywords: practice; skill improvement; professional development; reflective practice; skill evaluation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 35546
Depositing User: Robert Price
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 09:49
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:11
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU