Expertise in Nursing Practice, Second Edition

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Expertise in Nursing Practice, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826125446

Caring, Clinical Judgment, and Ethics

Author: Patricia Benner RN, PhD, FAAN

Editors: Patricia Benner RN, PhD, FAAN Christine Tanner RN, PhD, FAAN Catherine Chesla RN, DNSc


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Designated a Doody's Core Title!

This book examines the nature of clinical knowledge and judgment. The authors present a report of a six-year study of over 130 hospital nurses, primarily in critical care. The contributors document and analyze their clinical narratives for stages of clinical skill acquisition and the components of expert practice.

Ultimately, this work examines the meaning of expertise in nursing practice through the nurse's use of scientific knowledge, professional experience, and careful attention to each patient's changing condition. "

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 16, 2009
  • Page Count 528
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826125446
  • EISBN 9780826125453

Table of Contents 

1. The Relationship of Theory and Practice in the Acquisition of Skill
2. Entering the Field: Advanced Beginner Practice
3. The Competent Stage: A Time of Analysis, Planning, and Confrontation
4. Proficiency: A Transition to Expertise
5. Expert Practice
6. Impediments to the Development of Clinical Knowledge and Ethical Judgment in Critical Care Nursing
7. Clinical Judgment
8. The Social Embeddedness of Knowledge
9. The Primacy of Caring and the Role of Experience, Narrative, and Community in Clinical and Ethical Expertise
10. Implications of the Phenomenology of Expertise for Teaching and Learning Everyday Skillful Ethical Comportment
11. The Nurse-Physician Relationship: Negotiating Clinical Knowledge
12. Implications for Basic Nursing Education
13. Implications for Nursing Administration and Practice

A. Background and Method 351
B. Description of Nurse Informants 373
C. Background Questions for Interviews and Observations 375
References and Bibliography 383
Index 399