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Establish how you'll evaluate each competency. Base the com- petencies you assess on individual job descriptions and include lists of mandatory requirements in your facility's policies and proce- dures. Note which competencies are core requirements and which are job-specific responsibilities. Also establish how often each competen- cy is assessed and which staffing positions are assessed. After estab- lishing how each competency will be evaluated, revisit the standards annually to ensure the processes you're using remain valid and cur- rent. Include competency training during initial orientation and annually thereafter. During orientation, include testing of core competencies related to OSHA regulations, blood-borne pathogens, universal pre- cautions, your facility's exposure control plan, staff and patient ergonomics, and fire safety. Also include training about regulatory compliance pertaining to HIPAA laws, workplace safety and risk man- agement, and computer and keyboarding skills for members of the business office. Dedicate a day for testing. There are 2 types of competencies: knowledge measured by objective tests or questions — through online learning modules, for example — and skills and behaviors demonstrated and observed. Schedule mandatory competency train- ing or testing on a single day, perhaps on a Saturday when your facili- ty is closed. Alert staff, including per diems, well in advance and make attendance mandatory. All participating staff members must be paid for the day. First, conduct mandatory in-services on core competencies for the entire staff. Next, break into groups to complete testing on tasks relat- ed to specific job descriptions. Experts from within your facility can 3 2 J U l y 2 0 1 6 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 2 3

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