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UCLA Department of Nursing


Annual (Ongoing) Nursing Competencies and Education


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UCLA is committed to employing the most expert nursing staff. This involves remaining on the cutting-edge of knowledge and technology. On an annual basis, a team of nursing experts-including nursing management, Clinical Nurse Specialists and unit-based educators-carefully evaluate the unit-based learning needs and competencies of staff. A structured program, comprised of lectures, hands-on training and evaluation, is provided to ensure that direct care nurses are performing at the highest level necessary to provide safe and effective patient care.

Annual competencies will include 'general' patient care topics, such as central venous line care and blood administration and unit-specific topics such as hemodynamic monitoring. Training on new technologies, such as medication bar coding, is provided throughout the implementation period and may also be an annual competency. Annual competencies are held at orientation and once a year.

2016 Department of Nursing Mandatory Requirements

Annual Education Guide

Blood Administration

Patient Classification System - Evalisys

Patient Classification System-ICU Acuity

Patient Experience/CICARE

Point of Care Testing:  Accu-Chek


Safe Patient Handling



Unit Based Requirements

Unit-based Point of Care Testing

  • ACT Training
    • Limited to: Cath Lab, 7N COU, 7N CCU, 7ICU, NICU, 5ICU, and SMUCLA ICU


Bladder Scanner

Ongoing Education Initiatives

Chemotherapy Training

EKG-Rhythm Recognition

Fall Prevention

Adult Fall Case Studies

Pediatric/PICU Fall Case Studies

Hospital Acquired Infections (Update Coming Soon)

Lab Specimen Collection and Handling

Procedural Sedation

Professional Practice Peer Appraisal


(NDNQI Pressure Ulcer Training)

  • https://members.nursingquality.org/NDNQIPressureUlcerTraining/
    • Option 1 offers 2 contact hours after successful completion of all 4 modules and tests in one session. Module 4 must be completed last.  A certificate of completion is available for print for proof of completion.
      • Module One Pressure Ulcers and Staging
      • Module Two Other Wound Types and Skin Injuries
      • Module Three Pressure Ulcer Survey Guide
      • Module Four Community vs. Hospital/Unit Acquired Pressure Ulcers 

Teach Back Annual Education       

Teach Back Education Resources (Optional)




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