The expert vascular access nurse: a pilot study of competencies

The expert vascular access nurse: a pilot study of competencies


  • Alfonso Sollami Università degli Studi di Parma
  • Elisa Fabbri ASSR - Regione Emilia-Romagna
  • Luca Bertolaccini IEO, European Institute of Oncology IRCCS Milano


Nursing skills, Vascular Access Devices, Competency Assessment, Conceptual Framework, Professional Competence


Background and aim

In health care, competencies evolving with clinical and professional practice increasingly need to be defined. Identifying professional competencies in a general sense is no longer enough; it is necessary to define what competencies the professional must possess to ensure the appropriateness and effectiveness of their work. This pilot study aims to outline an initial competency framework specifically for vascular access nurses


A cross-sectional observational study was conducted through structured interviews with professionals of a competency framework (108) to assess content validity and ensure relevance, comprehensibility, and completeness


The research involved 14 expert professionals who reported no significant language barriers or comprehensibility difficulties. The expert review showed that the content was valid for all proposed items (CVR .571 to 1.0).


The framework identified could be a good starting point for a more in-depth assessment of expert nursing skills in venous access (

Author Biography

Elisa Fabbri, ASSR - Regione Emilia-Romagna

Nurse: Prevention of antibiotic resistance and infections in the care setting 


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How to Cite

Sollami A, Fabbri E, Bertolaccini L. The expert vascular access nurse: a pilot study of competencies. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2023 Apr. 24 [cited 2024 Jul. 19];94(2):e2023067. Available from: