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Professional Development Scope and Standards: What the changes to the staff development standards will mean for your professional practice

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

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In March 2008, a task force was formed to review and revise the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Professional Development Scope and Standards of Practice. This document establishes the range of practice and the principles by which we conduct our professional lives.
It is no easy task to revise such an important document. Why undertake such a critical venture? To begin with, says task force member Dora Bradley, PhD, RN-BC, vice president of nursing professional development at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, “it has been 10 years since the last version was created. There have been so many changes in healthcare as well as our profession, so we must look at the Scope and Standards in terms of how our roles have evolved.” Bradley notes that, for example, technology was not even addressed in the most recent Scope and Standards.

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