Professional competence--can it be accurately measured or defined?

Nurs Crit Care. Jul-Aug 1997;2(4):186-90.


Professional competence is a complex and dynamic concept. The literature is explored and definitions of competence discussed. The paper identifies the current difficulties in defining and measuring competence. Recommendations are to identify the importance of self-assessment, clinical supervision and reflective practice as components of professional practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Employee Performance Appraisal / methods*
  • Humans
  • Nursing, Supervisory
  • Preceptorship
  • Professional Competence / standards*
  • Reproducibility of Results