Journal of Professional Nursing

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

Abstract:

Abstract
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.

Keywords
expert, specialist, advanced practice

Introduction
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.  

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