Tips from TSE: Highlights from NNSDO

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 11, 2009

Couldn't make the National Nursing Staff Development Organization's annual conference in July? The Staff Educator editor Adrianne Avillion shares the highlights.

Several important themes, including orientation, competency, preceptors, and teaching strategies dominated the conversation. One of the general sessions that generated the most discussion focused on the proposed draft of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Professional Development Scope and Standards, presented by Dora Bradley, PhD, RN-BC; Mary Harper, PhD, RN-BC; Janice Ward, MSN, RN; and Debra Wolf, PhD, RN. This draft is still under review and revision, but some proposed highlights include:

  • Using the title nursing professional development specialists (NPDS) as the preferred term for those working in the field of continuing education, training, and inservice education
  • Professional development practice based on evidence as the basis for the nursing professional development system
  • Ways to enhance the roles of the NPDS as educator/facilitator, researcher/consultant, change agent/team member, educator/academic liaison, leader/communicator, and collaborator/advisor/mentor

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the September issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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