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  1. Zatko, Lora DNP, RN, CPNP-AC
  2. Frost, Kasey MS, BSN, RN, CNML
  3. Duffy, Elizabeth A. DNP, RN, CPNP


Clinical nurse competency can be well supported through the institution of competency-based nurse orientation programs. The aims of this quality improvement project are twofold: to develop an orientation checklist that contains competency-based education techniques and assessment tools and to evaluate the usability of the competency-based orientation checklist by nursing staff. The project used a pre-post survey design to assess usability. The findings demonstrate that competency-based education and assessment increase checklist usability and increase staff satisfaction.