Initial development of C.A.T.E.S. A simulation-based competency assessment instrument for neonatal nurse practitioners

Leigh Ann Cates, Sheryl Bishop, Debra Armentrout, Terese Verklan, Jennifer Arnold, Cara Doughty

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Purpose: Determine content validity of global statements and operational definitions and choose scenarios for Competency, Assessment, Technology, Education, and Simulation (C.A.T.E.S.), instrument in development to evaluate multidimensional competency of neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs). Design: Real-time Delphi (RTD) method to pursue four specific aims (SAs): (1) identify which cognitive, technical, or behavioral dimension of NNP competency accurately reflects each global statement; (2) map the global statements to the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP) core competency domains; (3) define operational definitions for the novice to expert performance subscales; and (4) determine the essential scenarios to assess NNPs. Sample: Twenty-five NNPs and nurses with competency and simulation experience Main outcome variable: One hundred percent of global statements correct for competency dimension and all but two correct for NANNP domain. One hundred percent novice to expert operational definitions and eight scenarios chosen. Results: Content validity determined for global statements and novice to expert definitions and essential scenarios chosen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-336
Number of pages8
JournalNeonatal Network
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2015



  • Competency
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs)
  • Real-time Delphi (RTD)
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Critical Care

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