Theory Paper On Novice To Expert
Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues
January 19, 2008
Theory Paper On Novice to Expert
The profession of nursing is an experience where there is much professional growth and development to be gained. This being said it starts at the beginning with what is learned from teachings to students to what is taught to the professional nurse, taking that information and applying it to the skills in the nursing profession. Having the competency gives a nurse the confidence to take care of their patient with confidence. With the increased patient acuity and the least amount of time for the patient hospitalization, technology has to be proficient and user friendly. Technology today has come so far from ten years ago, that the nursing professionals that graduated do not have the skills that are required today with out the teachings of another. To develop the competency is only the first step to becoming an experienced nurse, this is developed over the years through teachings and support of others. But even with this help many nurses become stressed and being incompetent and search else where for employment. Patricia Benner used a theory of developmental skills, using five different stages to establish a clinical development in the practice of nursing. Here she takes into account increments in skilled performance based upon experience as well as education (Brenner, 1982). “Dr. Patricia Benner introduced a concept saying that expert nurses develop skills and understanding of patient care over time through a sound educational base as well as a multitude of experiences. She proposed that one could gain knowledge and skills (“knowing how”)” (Dracup, Bryan-Brown & , 2004)
Patricia Brenner is a Professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. She gained her BSN from Pasadena college...
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