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VA Finds Large Gaps in RN Telemetry Training, Retraining

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, May 8, 2012

The April VA OIG report recommends that the Under Secretary for Health:

 

  • Establish specific RN competency assessment and validation requirements to ensure consistency among facilities.
  • Work in conjunction with Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) and facility senior managers to ensure that competency validation documentation includes all elements required by Joint Commission standards and local policy.
  • Work in conjunction with VISN and facility senior managers to ensure that all RN competency documentation is present in competency folders and is current and validated.
  • Work in conjunction with VISN and facility senior managers to ensure that appropriate actions are taken when competency expectations are not met.

The reports should also serve as a reminder to all hospitals that when it comes to training and retraining requirements, on paper doesn't equal in practice.


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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