Confidence vs Competence: Basic Life Support Skills of Health Professionals

Castle et al. Br J Nurs. 2007;16(11):664-666

Importance of Conclusion

Healthcare assistants and other support staff would benefit from more frequent resuscitation training to develop core BLS skills.

Key Points

  • The introduction of a structured resuscitation training program resulted in a noticeable improvement in improvement in nurses ability to perform basic life support skills as compared with historical data.
  • Healthcare assistants tend to perform CPR skills poorly and are underconfident.
  • Research shows an individual’s confidence does not always directly reflect competence; training programs should address this mismatch.

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