Expertise in Nursing Practice, Second Edition

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Expertise in Nursing Practice, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826125446

Caring, Clinical Judgment, and Ethics


  • Patricia Benner RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Christine Tanner RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Catherine Chesla RN, DNSc

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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

Nursing practice is a complex and varied field that requires precision, dedication, care, and expertise. Clinicians must have both the skills and the tools to attend to changes in patients' responses, recognize trends, and understand the nature of their patients' conditions over time.

This book clearly delineates the skills needed to become an expert nurse. In this new edition, the editors present a report of a six-year study of over 130 hospital nurses working in critical care. Expanding upon the study conducted in the previous edition, this new book documents and analyzes hundreds of new clinical narratives that track the development of clinical skill acquisition, including caring, clinical judgment, workplace ethics, and more.

Highlights of this book:

  • Includes transitional guidance for nurses new to the field
  • Discusses the primacy of caring and the importance of good clinical judgment
  • Includes new practice models, including the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition
  • Provides guidelines for strengthening the nurse-patient relationship
  • Presents implications for nursing education and patient safety

Ultimately, this work defines expertise in nursing practice. The book serves as a valuable resource that will enable nurses to expand their knowledge base, cultivate their clinical skills, and become successful experts in nursing practice."

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