Assessment instruments of professional competence in nursing: an integrative review




Teaching; Professional competence; Nursing; Education; Methods; Concepts.


The objective of this article is to know the instruments and methods for the assessment of professional competence in nursing described in the scientific production. This is an integrative literature review, through research in the Virtual Health Library and in the Portal of Periodicals of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, with three controlled terms, “professional competence”, “nursing” and “education”; and two uncontrolled: “concepts” and “assessment”. 12 articles published between 2007 and 2018 were analyzed. Each study presented an instrument and method for evaluating professional competence. It was observed that the focus of the evaluation was centered on theoretical knowledge and professional competence, without evaluating the professional attitude, even when referring to employing psychometric and holistic methodologies. There was little exploration of the repercussion of transculturality and socioeconomic-cultural aspects in these assessments, which may affect the assessment of the nursing team’s competences, especially regarding the assessment of professional attitude.

Author Biographies

Beatriz Valim Egito do Amaral, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Enfermeira. Bacharel em Enfermagem pela Escola de Enfermagem Alfredo Pinto – Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO).

Thaiz Souza Graneiro, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Enfermeira. Mestranda em Saúde e Tecnologia do Espaço Hospitalar – Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO).

Tainá Lima Miranda, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Enfermeira. Mestranda em Saúde e Tecnologia do Espaço Hospitalar – Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO).

Jozeane Seabra da Silva, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Nurse, Master's student PPGENF - UNIRIO and scholarship student of the Social Demand Program (DS) of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES). 

Cristiane Rodrigues da Rocha , Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Doutora em Enfermagem pela Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Especialista em Obstetrícia pela Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO). Especialista em Moderna Educação pela Pontifica Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO). Professora Associada do Departamento de Enfermagem Materno-Infantil da Escola de Enfermagem Alfredo Pinto da Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Diretora da Escola de Enfermagem Alfredo Pinto (Gestão 2020-2024).


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How to Cite

AMARAL, B. V. E. do; GRANEIRO, T. S. .; MIRANDA, T. L. .; SILVA, J. S. da; ROCHA , C. R. da. Assessment instruments of professional competence in nursing: an integrative review. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 6, p. e33311629085, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i6.29085. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 may. 2022.



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