Skills Authoring Process

Authoring Process for Evidence-Based Clinical Skills

Clinical Skills is authored and peer-reviewed by nurses, therapists and other clinicians currently practicing in their specialties. Contributors search the literature for current evidence-based practice and the most recent clinical guidelines to include in each skill. Skills and procedures are reviewed and updated annually, with more frequent updates when regulatory or professional practice standards change.

  • Critical Care, General, Pediatric, and Emergency Nursing skills were adapted from highly respected textbooks written by leaders in their fields. Nursing experts reviewed and updated all skills during the adaptation process.
  • Skills from other collections, including Maternal-Newborn, Mental Health, Neonatal Intensive Care, Oncology, and Perioperative Nursing were written and peer reviewed by nurse experts using current evidence and clinical practice guidelines.
  • Respiratory Care skills were written by respiratory care professionals and follow the same rigorous editorial process as nursing skills.
  • Clinical Skills references Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals in applicable skills and ensures that procedures are aligned with the latest professional guidelines.
  • A Senior Reviewer is assigned to each collection. Qualifications include experience in writing policy, published content in journals or textbooks, an advanced degree and various specialized certifications in their field of expertise.
  • Authors and reviewers have practiced for a minimum of five years in their specialty, have advanced degrees and are members of their professional association.
  • Clinical Skills is continually reviewed and revised, and updated skills are published monthly.

Professional associations that contribute to the development and review of Clinical Skills:

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
  • American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)
  • Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)