Following on from the success of the vascular staff nurse competencies we are proud to introduce the Advanced Vascular |Nurse competencies. The Advanced Vascular Nurse Competencies have been developed in response to changes within vascular services, the increasing requirements for vascular nurses to provide evidence of competency of their advanced skills and to define the value of nursing practices. These competencies are built upon the Royal College of Nursing definition of ‘nursing’ which is the use of clinical judgement in the provision of care to enable people to improve, maintain, or recover health, to cope with health problems, and to achieve the best possible quality of life, whatever their disease or disability, until death’, (RCN, 2003). This document will offer a framework to standardise clinical competencies and provide a structure of education for more junior nursing colleagues.
Vascular nursing is extremely varied and it is be to stated that not all aspects of the competencies will be related to every nurses area of practice. All professionals delivering patient care must also be aware of local and national policies relating to effective communication, personal development, equality, diversity and inclusion, duty of care, safeguarding, professional conduct, person centred approach, confidentiality, information governance, infection prevention and control, health and safety and moving and handling.
These competencies along with the staff nurse competencies provide a framework setting out the minimum skills, knowledge and behaviours required to deliver vascular nursing roles. We hope that these documents will be useful in identifying training requirements, documenting competency and improving the quality of service delivery.
If you require any further information about these documents please contact committee member Claire Thompson.