Integrating the Terminology and Titles of Nursing Practice Roles: Quality, Particularity and Levelling
Judith C. Christensen, RCpN, BA, MSc(App), PhD, Member, Office of Academia, College of Nurses Aotearoa, Associate Professor, Nursing, Massey University at Albany
Reference Christensen, J. (1998). Integrating the Terminology and Titles of Nursing Practice Roles: Quality, Particularity and Levelling Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 14(1), 4-11
In this paper, written following the recent workshop on advanced practice, the author takes a fresh look at the meaning of expert, specialist and advanced practice. She proposes that they are distinctive and complementary aspects of every nursing role, and suggests a set of attributes for each.
Key Words: expert, specialist, advanced practice
On 1-3 March 1999, the College of Nurses Aorearoa, supported by the Ministry of Health and other health groups, provided a forum for 150 murses to meet and make progress on the development of a framework for advanced nursing practice and graduate clinical education in New Zealand. Concensus was reached on some issues, other issues were identified for further investigation, and a group was nominated to follow up the outcomes of the conference. I had the privilege of organising the prereading for the workshop, and will be a member of the follow-up group. This involvement caused me to read and reflect on many issues, particularly the current confusion about terminology and titles.