Radiographers' self-assessed level and use of competencies: a national survey
2012 (English)In: Insight into Imaging, ISSN 1869-4101, Vol. 3, no 6, 635-645 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVES: To describe radiographers' self-assessed level and use of competencies as well as how sociodemographic and situational factors are associated with these competencies, particularly related to work experience.
METHODS: A cross-sectional design was employed. Radiographers (n = 406) completed the self-administered 28-item questionnaire encompassing two dimensions: 'Nurse-initiated care' and 'Technical and radiographic processes'. The level of competencies was rated on a 10-point scale and the frequency of use on a 6-point scale.
RESULTS: Most competencies received high ratings both in terms of level and frequency of use. In 'Nurse-initiated care' the competency 'Adequately informing the patient' was rated the highest, while 'Identifying and encountering the patient in a state of shock' and 'Participating in quality improvement regarding patient safety and care' received the lowest ratings. In 'Technical and radiographic processes' the highest rated competencies were 'Adapting the examination to the patient's prerequisites and needs' and 'Producing accurate and correct images'. The lowest frequency of use was 'Preliminary assessment of images'.
CONCLUSION: The main findings underline the radiographers' high competency in both 'Nurse-initiated care' and 'Technical and radiographic processes'. The lower rated competencies emphasise the importance of continuous professional education and quality improvement.
MAIN MESSAGES :
• Assessing radiographers' clinical competencies is fundamental for ensuring professional standards.
• Most competencies received high ratings both in the nursing and in the radiographic dimensions.
• The highest rated competencies focussed on information and adaptability to the patients needs.
• The lowest rated competencies focussed on encountering the patient in shock and image assessments.
• Age, years in present position and work place only explained a relatively small part of competency.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 3, no 6, 635-645 p.
Competence, Assessment, Cross-sectional, Radiography, Nursing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-19708DOI: 10.1007/s13244-012-0194-8PubMedID: 23079730OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-19708DiVA: diva2:563267