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Developing Nursing Skills through Clinical Experience
An examination of how nurses acquire their professional skills through clinical experience.
# 74900 | 2,444 words | 3 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on Nov 02, 2006 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper explores Patricia Benner's study on how nursing skills are acquired. Benner's work has been been seen as a new way of approaching this topic and has provided an interesting give and take on nurse training and development. The author discusses how Benner introduced the concept that expert nurses develop skills and understanding of patient care over time through a firm educational base in addition to a wide variety of experiences.

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"Based on a dialogue with nurses, Benner identified five levels of competency in the clinical nursing practice: novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient and expert (Benner, 1984, p. xvii). Novices are beginners who have had no experience in the situations that will confront them. In order to help them perform in such situations, they are taught such objectifiable and measurable attributes such as weight, intake and output, temperature, blood pressure and pulse. They also learn context-free rules that guide action in respect to these attributes. For example, weight gain and intake that is consistently higher than output by greater than 500cc could indicate water retention. Such rule-governed behavior normal for the novice is very limited and inflexible, since they have no prior experience upon which to base decisions (Benner, 1984, p. 20-21). It must be stressed that not only students are novices. They can also be any nurse entering a clinical setting where he/she has had no experience with the patient population. "

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