HPN & Competencies

WHITE PAPER: How Competencies Can Heal Health Care


Why do competencies matter? That was the question asked at the Health Professions Network's 2015 Spring Meeting in Grand Rapids.

If the question were simply, "Do competencies matter?," the answer would have been a resounding yes. 

But experts from hospitals, colleges, accrediting bodies, nonprofits and professional associations gathered to discuss all the ways how and why competencies are so important for the future of health care.

Their discussions and presentations helped shape this white paper.

HPN's paper explores how competencies can affect positive change for everyone—employers, employees, patients and society—by providing a strong foundation for collaboration at a time when it is more important than ever.

Competencies could bridge the gap between industry and educators, create both job security for employees and flexibility for employers, and result in more efficient, equitable health care for all. Access the white paper to keep learning.




Why Competencies Matter: Spring 2015 Session Slides

Because our Spring 2015 meeting focused solely on competencies, Health Professions Network is opening a members-only benefit to the public and releasing session slides from presentations and discussions referred to in our competencies white paper.

Competency development driven by data—why an occupational analysis is important - Balasa, Don; AAMA
Competencies and their contributions to rural health and new delivery environments - Brand, Marcia; DentaQuest
Considering competencies: trajectories and trends in competency-based education - Marino, Sarah; MAERB
New educational competencies will impact practice standards - Schibig, Monica; University of Missouri
Standards and competencies in allied health policy making - Spitzgo, Rebecca; Bureau of Health Workforce
Why competencies matter: panel discussion - Welch, Shana; Mercy Health

How your Organization can use Competencies

Competencies give you an evidence-based, standardized language to explain how your credential, curriculum, or continuing education offerings reflect the competencies required for success in the workforce—providing a resource for you to guide employer or professional understanding of the value you provide as an organization.

The standardization and commonality of language further facilitates collaboration between organizations—whether it's articulation of credits between colleges, or working with employers and professionals to shape clear and accurate career guidance resources.

The Department of Labor's competency model clearinghouse is designed to:

  • facilitate better development of curricula and training models,
  • better position descriptions and hiring criteria,
  • better assessment and testing instruments,
  • better evaluation of the above,
  • and to serve as the foundation for career guidance tools such as career ladders and lattices.

You can use HPN's new cross-walked competencies for clinical health professions to do all of the above in your professional organization. You can use competencies to:

  • self-assess credentials or education;
  • survey professionals with standardized language;
  • collaborate with other organizations;
  • advocate on behalf of your professionals or organization;
  • build your profession's career pathway to provide better information & guidance.

The Competencies: Fundamentals of Health Care

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