OFFICIAL SITE OF THE BKAT * ©
Information related to the first Basic Knowledge Assessment Tool (BKAT) for critical care nursing was published in 1984 in Heart and Lung, The Journal of Critical Care, by the authors of the BKAT, Jean Toth and Kathleen Ritchey. The BKAT's are copyrighted. The BKATs listed below are provided to Clinical Specialists, In-Service Educators, and clinical nurses for assessment of basic knowledge in the areas listed below.
Critical Care Nursing:
BKAT-8 for Adult ICU BKAT-8Sr for Progressive/Intermediate/Telemetry
ED-BKAT2 for Adult ED
PICU-BKAT6r for Pediatric ICU NICU-BKAT4 for Neonatal ICU PEDS-ED BKAT for Pediatric ED
Non Critical Care Nursing:
MED-SURG BKAT for Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing
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* Basic knowledge in critical care nursing is a body of knowledge beyond that required for licensure as an RN that the critical care nurse uses in order to provide safe nursing care to patients. Basic knowledge in Medical-Surgical nursing is a body of knowledge that is necessary for providing safe care to patients hospitalized in Medical-Surgical units.