Concept analysis of longitudinal assessment for professional continued certification

Academic Article


  • Background: This concept analysis presents a scholarly epistemological approach to defining the attributes, empirical referents, antecedents, and consequences of a knowledge maintenance approach—known as longitudinal assessment—to professional certification. Aim: The analysis reports on the efforts of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists to explore this educational method as an approach to meet requirements for continued professional certification. Method: Using the classical approach to concept analysis, the authors explore the structure and function of longitudinal assessment and define the characteristics of the concept in a way that is meaningful to the continued certification of nursing and medical professionals. Conclusion: This analysis establishes a link between the goal and outcome of the continued certification process, including continuing education in nursing and medical practice, and the desirable characteristics of longitudinal assessment, which include proven principles of educational psychology. Through exploring model and borderline cases, the authors seek to demonstrate that longitudinal assessment is the best approach to foster lifelong learning of continuously evolving scientific, theoretical, and clinical knowledge in support of safe care for patients.
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    Author List

  • Griffis CA; Dishman D; Giron SE; Ward RC; McMullan SP
  • Start Page

  • 311
  • End Page

  • 317
  • Volume

  • 57
  • Issue

  • 2