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Developing Expertise in Critical Care Nursing

Developing Expertise in Critical Care Nursing

Julie Scholes

ISBN: 978-1-405-17214-1

Feb 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

248 pages



Developing Expertise in Critical Care Nursing examines the development of professional expertise in critical care nursing, based on extensive research in clinical practice. It offers a repertoire of learning and assessment methods that enable practitioners to grow their own expertise and foster developments in others.

Developing Expertise in Critical Care Nursing will be of interest to practitioners who aspire to advanced level practice in critical care and to all who facilitate this process. It debates the characteristics of expert practice and practice development and examines the acquisition of core skills, and career development in critical care using a role transition model.

Chapter 1: Defining critical care.

Chapter 2: Defining expertise and the process of acquiring expertise: towards a contemporary definition of advanced practice.

Chapter 3: Pre registration students.

Chapter 4: Inducting the newcomer to critical care: developing competency based frameworks to enable practitioners to be effective in the critical care settings.

Chapter 5: What is competence?.

Chapter 6: The types of roles that have emerged in critical care and the way in which they have evolved.

Chapter 7: Developing benchmarks for expert / advanced roles in critical care practice.

Chapter 8: Research and development

'Well-written and impeccably organized, as Scholes leaves the reader more certain of the steps they will need to take in order to develop their capabilities to parallel the demands of 'critical care'.'

'Recommended as a class text in advance programs/courses that explore speciality-care in nursing.'

Electric Review

* Examines skills acquisition, role expansion and practice development in critical care
* Considers specialist practice and assessment, exploring factors that both enable and inhibit practitioners in developing expertise
* Debates what constitutes excellence in care and how that can be realised
* Addresses specific challenges for students and practitioners at different points in their journey toward expertise