Designated Senior Nurses (DSNs) in management, education, policy or research must still meet the NZNC competencies and standard portfolio requirements. Nurses that do not have direct patient care are exempt from domains two (management in nursing care) and domain three (interpersonal relationships) that only apply to clinical practice. They are to use the competencies for domains 2 and 3 that best align with the specific role from management/education/policy/research.
For DSNs that do have direct care with patients, they must meet both sets of competencies in domains 2 and 3.
I.e. you will complete domains 2 and 3 twice. Once for direct care and once for management/education/policy/research.
It is up to the DSN to read the management/education/policy/research competencies and complete the competencies most appropriate to their role.
Here are some suggestions from the National Framework as to which competencies to complete:
Management: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator, Charge Nurse, Clinical Nurse Manager, Director of Nursing
Research: Practice Research Nurse, Academic Research Nurse
Education: Academic Educator
Policy: Nurse Consultant, Nurse Advisor
Remember to use the checklist to guide you with your portfolio requirements
Include all your standard documentation and the following documents. You will need to delete the sections that do not apply to you. For example; if completing a management DSN portfolio, delete the research, education and policy competencies. If you also have direct patient contact you will need to complete domains 2 and 3 again for direct care. These are the same as for nurses at a competent level.
If you have more than one role i.e. you work as an Academic Educator but also as an RN in ICU. You would complete a DSN portfolio with the education competencies. You would then repeat domains 2 and 3 for direct patient care for your ICU role and this may be at competent, proficient or expert level.
The assessment report is for the assessor to use when marking your portfolio.
Below is the full DSN documents including management, policy, research and education competencies.
Our most common DSN portfolio here in Hauora Tairawhiti is a combination of management with direct patient contact. This would apply to most of our Clincial Nurse Specialists.
The documents below show you exactly what you would complete. You will see domains 2 and 3 are there twice; once for management and once for direct care. You will complete all the competencies in these documents.
Our second most common DSN portfolio is for Management (without direct patient care). This would apply to most of our Clincial Nurse Managers.
The documents below show you exactly what you would complete. You will see the policy, research and education sections have been deleted. You will complete all the competencies in these documents.