Section 1 - Self Assessment
Identify your learning
needs utilizing the standards of practice and indicators in the
Continuing Competence Program (CCP) booklet found at the bottom of this
There are four (4) self assessment tools included in the Continuing
Competence Program (CCP) booklet. These encompass your domains (or areas
Direct Clinical Practice
A domain is a description of the main responsibility
of your nursing practice. It is used simply to describe the main area
of expertise used in nursing practice in that domain or practice area.
There are five (5) Psychiatric Nursing Standards of Practice. A standard may
be defined as a "benchmark of achievement” which is based on a desired
level of excellence. All standards of practice provide a guide to the
knowledge, skills, judgment and attitudes that are needed to practice
safely. They reflect a desired and achievable level of performance
against which actual performance can be compared. Their main purpose is
to promote, guide and direct professional psychiatric nursing practice.
Under each standard of practice you will find a number of indicators
that help you determine how to meet the standard of practice. An indicator is
a statement to help illustrate how the standards can be met. There are
four psychiatric nursing standards of practice, four domains (or areas
of practice) and indicators under each standard; which are not meant to
be all inclusive.
Take your Continuing Competence Program (CCP) booklet, open to your
domain of practice, review the four standards of practice/indicators of
practice. Reflect on your practice during this review. Identify your
areas of strengths and any areas of improvement or enhancement you would
like to work at achieving. Prioritize your learning needs which can be
either knowledge or skill based and choose standard(s) and indicator(s)
to develop a learning objective(s) for your practice enhancement plan.
The CRPNA has not determined a “number” of required objectives to be
Fill in your Continuing Competence Program (CCP) form with your
learning objective, your practice domain, your indicator number that
supports your objective and your strategies to help you achieve your
objective in the upcoming year.