The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is currently developing a comprehensive competency model for medical-surgical nurses. The competencies are based on an extensive literature review, evaluation of current medical-surgical nursing role descriptions, and the practice of medical-surgical nurses from a variety of geographic, institution and practice settings. A highly qualified task force of medical-surgical nurses from around the country have been working with AMSN and our consultants on measurable competencies across three levels of competence.
Self-Assessment Survey: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we know many of you are attempting to supplement your current staff with new hires and contingent staff. AMSN’s self-assessment can assist you in evaluating the competence of this new workforce. It can assist you with placing them in the right clinical area and assigning them appropriate patient assignments or tasks that are based on their individual levels of practice.
AMSN is happy to provide this self-evaluation to you free of charge during the pandemic. All we ask in return is that you are willing to provide feedback to us on how the self-assessment worked for your institution or practice.
If you would like to use our self-assessment to assist you with workforce planning and assignment, please submit the short form below, and we will provide you with a survey link that you can share with individual nurses. The link will allow a user to self-evaluate their competencies and print out the results to share with HR, their educator, or their manager to assist them in appropriately assigning the staff member during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staffing Model  & Template

Included with your self-assessment survey tool is a staffing model that might help you manage your workforce and workload. AMSN has compiled a staffing plan, based on the team nursing model, to assist facilities in ensuring patient care can safely be provided, while also balancing the staffing needs of individual units and hospitals. This resource is based on the evidence available for team nursing, and is offered to institutions free of charge from AMSN during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Educational Resources for Your Staff 

AMSN recognizes that you are working to ensure the competence of your contingent staff or staff being deployed to other practice settings within your organization. We recognize that your contingent staff knows the basics of nursing and many of the interventions that cross specialties.  To help those who will be assigned to medical-surgical on a temporary basis, we put together concise references for the types of patients clinical nurses will most likely encounter on medical-surgical units during the pandemic surge.  We have called this a Medical-Surgical Nursing Pocket Reference because it has quick basics and can be viewed on any mobile device.    


Please complete the form below to immediately receive the self-assessment survey, staffing model, and Medical-Surgical Pocket Reference for use right away. 

Terri Hinkley, EdD, MBA, BScN, RN, CAE
CEO, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
© 2020 by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

© 2020 by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)