The Model of Practical Skill Performance

Illustration: Ida Torunn Bjørk/RiNSIllustration: Ida Torunn Bjørk/RiNS

The Model of Practical Skill Performance is developed by Professor Ida Torunn Bjørk and forms the basis for the procedures in VAR Healthcare.

The model consists of six mutually dependent categories; substance, sequence, accuracy, fluency, integration and caring comportment. These categories are not seen as elements in a hierarchy. They are depicted as layers in a circle, a symbol of unity, wholeness and integration. The model is normative in the sense that all the categories within the circle must be realized in a good performance of a practical skill in nursing. (Research in Nursing Skills, 2014). Further details:

Performing complex nursing activities

Quality can be described in different ways. Some aspects of quality can be counted and measured, whereas others require alternative methods of assessment. The Instrumental Supplement to the Model of Practical Skill Performance sets out the quality characteristics for performing complex nursing activities. Here you can also find a more detailed definition of the elements included in the model.

The procedures in VAR relate to this complexity and the content in VAR is developed based on the best available knowledge, including legal, ethical, theoretical, practical and aesthetic knowledge. The overall VAR knowledge basis is therefore rooted in science, personal and collective experience and knowledge, and professional traditions.