Nursing

Applying Benner’s framework to staff development

Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development (formerly The Staff Educator), November 1, 2009

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Most staff development specialists are familiar with Patricia Benner’s book From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice, published in 1984, in which she identified five levels of clinical expertise. Let’s look at Benner’s descriptions and see how they can be applied to the practice of staff development specialists today.

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