Competency Based Education

Competency Based Education
Competencies describe the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected upon attainment of curriculum benchmarks and graduation. The ten MANE Competency Statements of MANE reflect the outcomes expected of graduates of baccalaureate programs and stem from the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008).

A Competent Nurse…
MANE Conceptual Model FINAL
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–develops insight through reflection, self-analysis, self-care and lifelong learning.
–demonstrates leadership as part of a health care team.
–effectively uses leadership principles, strategies and tools
–locates, evaluates, and uses the best available evidence.
–utilizes information technology systems including decision support systems to gather evidence to guide practice.
–practices within, utilizes and contributes to the broader health care system.
–practices relationship centered care.
–communicates effectively.
–has personal and professional actions based on a set of shared core nursing values.
–makes sound clinical judgments.

MANE: A Concept-based Spiraled Method of Teaching and Learning
What is Conceptual Learning?

Learning by concepts eliminates rote memorization and supports deep understanding of the fundamental processes inherent in nursing and caring for individuals, families, communities and populations. Concepts are

  • Broad: One to three words
  • Timeless and sustainable
  • Universal in application
  • Easily recalled, transferred, integrated
  • Represent a situation or condition in clinical practice

The five macro-concepts of the MANE curriculum are broadly focused to reflect understanding of individuals across the lifespan and within multiple health situations as well as the role of the professional nurse within the evolving healthcare environment. Macro-concepts are the foundational organization of the MANE program plan.

  • Foci of Care (ex: health promotion, acute or chronic care, end of life)
  • Professional Integrity (ex: clinical judgement, leadership, ethical comportment)
  • Psychological Integrity (ex: family dynamics, grief and loss)
  • Physiological Integrity (ex: mobility, oxygenation, pain)
  • Lifespan/Growth and Development

The seven curricular concepts are threaded throughout each MANE course and are leveled in depth and breadth to support student understanding and growth with each exposure.

  • Professional Development and Identity
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Safety
  • Holism
  • Informatics
  • Evidenced-Based Care & Quality
  • Diversity and Culture

Concepts are reintroduced (spiraled) though-out the curriculum, reinforcing previous learning and supporting achievement of higher levels of understanding with each exposure and within a new context.