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.
expert, specialist, advanced practice
On 1-3 March 1999, the College of Nurses Aotearoa, supported by the Ministry of Health and other health groups, provided a forum for 150 Nurses to meet and make progress on the development of a framework for advanced nursing practice and graduate clinical education in New Zealand. Consensus 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.