The ‘Professionalism in Nursing Performance’ assessment in 2 minutes

A nationally used and validated instrument for measuring the professionalism of nurses.

The 'Professionalism in Nursing Performance' assessment is an educational performance self-assessment that asks questions about competences in a skills hierarchy. The 'Professionalism in Nursing Performance' assessment for nurses describes what nurses do - from beginner to expert. The 'Professionalism in Nursing Performance' assessment was developed after extensive exploration and analysis of the nursing practise.

The answers concern types of knowledge, knowledge content and behaviour levels. The 'Professionalism in Nursing Performance' assessment aims to reflect the nursing practice with a scope that is as inclusive as possible. 

Assessing personal performance

The scope of the current version (version 3.6) of the 'Professionalism in Nursing Performance' assessment covers 96 items (i.e. components). Each item covers 4 answers that are increasingly sorted by 'difficulty'. In other words, it is a cumulative Guttman scale. In the answers, respondents are asked to match their own performance (including competences) with the performance description. We don't ask for opnions but verifiable facts and behavior.

The 4 answers are called positions:

  • beginner
  • competent
  • proficient
  • expert

These 4 positions represent 4 levels of performance. If the respondent reaches a 'higher' position as the best match for their own performance, this implies they have already reached the previous positions.

In addition to the current situation, we also ask about the respondent’s ambition for the next 12 months.

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