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AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Competency Framework

AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Competency Framework

Assess and Develop Your Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Definition of Nursing Competency

"The ability of a nurse to effectively demonstrate a set of attributes, such as personal characteristics, values, attitudes, knowledge and skills, which are required to fulfill his/her professional responsibility."

Takase & Teroka, (2011, p. 398)

You want to be your best, so you can give your best to the patients you serve. The AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Competency Framework is your guide to reaching higher, achieving more, and excelling beyond expectations.

This online assessment tool will uncover your strengths and weaknesses in order to help you better understand and communicate your level of clinical expertise and to assist with personal and team growth.

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The AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Competency Framework, an online assessment tool:

  • Measures and benchmarks your nursing skills against a robust set of scientifically validated competency statements developed by a team of your peers
  • Understands your own personality traits and how they contribute to your professional competency
  • Identifies learning areas where you excel and areas for growth
  • Applies results to develop a personal educational and career growth plan
  • Shares results with employers, at your discretion, for professional development
  • Explains how your competency impacts patient/organizational and individual nurse outcomes
  • And, most importantly… refines your practice to provide better patient care

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Multiply the Value: Purchase an Institution License

Use the evidence-based, scientifically validated AMSN Medical-Surgical Competency Framework to:

  • Assess existing and new staff on med-surg tasks with over 400 task statements built into the Framework
  • Supplement and bring rigor to your annual nurse competency measurement requirements
  • Plan hiring and staff professional development
  • Understand how your nurses’ competencies impact patient/organizational and individual nurse outcomes
  • Report on areas of expertise to internal and external stakeholders and funders

Purchasing assessments for your employees grants you one evaluation for each staff member assigned a license, and these results are available to you indefinitely to assist in understanding their proficiency levels in key med-surg competencies, and aid in the development of personalized learning plans for your team. Assigned nurses can take the assessment once during the licensing period.

Contact us to bring the AMSN Medical-Surgical Competency Framework online assessment to your organization.


Who can take advantage of the AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Competency Framework

Our competency framework was designed to be utilized by both individual med-surg nurses and institutions. This flexible assessment can be used by individuals who want to understand their current competency and grow their career, or by organizations wishing to benchmark their performance and set goals around hiring, retaining, measuring annual competency and effectively training med-surg nurses.

How does the AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Competency Framework work?

The model was created with ease of use in mind. Currently the platform will allow for annual assessments which can be performed by individual nurses or by nurses as directed by their employers (at the organization or system level).

Users will complete a comprehensive self- assessment of their knowledge, skills, abilities, and other attributes (KSAOs), and will receive personalized data on their proficiency level in the many competencies required of med-surg nurses.

How does the AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Competency Framework help me grow?

For individual nurses, the AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Competency Framework offers insight into the core skills and capabilities you need to excel in your profession. By understanding where you are now, you can better set goals for your career development, improve the care you deliver and grow confidence in your abilities.

For institutions, the AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Competency Framework allows you to collect critical data on how your nurses are performing, gaps in competency and areas for improvement. It also identifies the patient/organizational and individual nurse outcomes impacted by the domains of the framework.

Why should my institution support nurses in using the AMSN Medical-Surgical Nursing Competency Framework?

Better nurses mean better outcomes. With the current nursing climate, many med-surg nurses face high demand on the job, and a lack of resources and connections to learning opportunities and professional development. Our evidence-based model is aligned with industry best practices and offers critical insight into job performance and areas for growth.

Understanding these competencies across domains helps foster confidence and capability, which in turn improves institutional performance and patient outcomes.

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If you are interested in bringing the AMSN Competency Framework to your institution, visit our “For Institutions” page to learn more. 

Takase, M., & Teraoka, S. (2011). Development of the Holistic Nursing Competence Scale. Nurse Health Sci, 13(4), 396-403.


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