Defining the Expert Oncology Staff Nurse in the Context of a Professional Development and Performance Evaluation Program

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165522
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Defining the Expert Oncology Staff Nurse in the Context of a Professional Development and Performance Evaluation Program
Author(s):
Elledge, Carole
Author Details:
Carole Elledge, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA
Abstract:
In 1996, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) created the Professional Development Model (PDM) for nurses that combines professional development and performance evaluation. This evaluation model was derived from Patricia Benner's novice to expert paradigm. The PDM committee has undertaken the development of the performance criteria for defining the expert oncology staff nurse. Oncology nursing is a specialty that fosters the development of staff nurse experts through care of physically and emotionally complex patients. The general literature reflects qualitative descriptors of the nurse expert such as "intuitive" and possessing a "highly developed perceptive sense." However, there is a paucity of measurable/observable behaviors documented, especially in the area of oncology nursing. The PDM committee at MDACC utilized a multitude of methods to approach the challenge of defining expert oncology nursing behaviors. As indicated above, a literature review was conducted. A benchmarking exercise of general, academic, and oncology specialty institutions was completed. A survey was sent to managers, clinical nurse specialists, and educators eliciting descriptive feedback on characteristics of the oncology staff nurse expert. An audit was completed of maturation level PDM evaluations to ascertain the presence of performance examples reflecting the expert characteristics found in the literature. Names of staff nurses who might be considered oncology nurse experts were solicited from managers, and plans to interview these nurses are in place. Benchmarking revealed that staff nurse expert performance criteria have been developed, however, none are specific to oncology nursing practice. The survey results reflected characteristics consistent with the literature, though the return rate was not as high as desired. The PDM maturation evaluation audits elucidated select oncology-specific examples of expert-level behaviors. Identifying oncology-specific expert behaviors in the staff nurse is achievable. The expert behavior performance criteria will be incorporated into the five dimensions of the PDM evaluation: clinical practice, communication and respect, leadership, teamwork, and performance improvement and research. The forms and related training for the user groups will be completed and the expert level evaluation piloted.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDefining the Expert Oncology Staff Nurse in the Context of a Professional Development and Performance Evaluation Programen_GB
dc.contributor.authorElledge, Caroleen_US
dc.author.detailsCarole Elledge, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165522-
dc.description.abstractIn 1996, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) created the Professional Development Model (PDM) for nurses that combines professional development and performance evaluation. This evaluation model was derived from Patricia Benner's novice to expert paradigm. The PDM committee has undertaken the development of the performance criteria for defining the expert oncology staff nurse. Oncology nursing is a specialty that fosters the development of staff nurse experts through care of physically and emotionally complex patients. The general literature reflects qualitative descriptors of the nurse expert such as "intuitive" and possessing a "highly developed perceptive sense." However, there is a paucity of measurable/observable behaviors documented, especially in the area of oncology nursing. The PDM committee at MDACC utilized a multitude of methods to approach the challenge of defining expert oncology nursing behaviors. As indicated above, a literature review was conducted. A benchmarking exercise of general, academic, and oncology specialty institutions was completed. A survey was sent to managers, clinical nurse specialists, and educators eliciting descriptive feedback on characteristics of the oncology staff nurse expert. An audit was completed of maturation level PDM evaluations to ascertain the presence of performance examples reflecting the expert characteristics found in the literature. Names of staff nurses who might be considered oncology nurse experts were solicited from managers, and plans to interview these nurses are in place. Benchmarking revealed that staff nurse expert performance criteria have been developed, however, none are specific to oncology nursing practice. The survey results reflected characteristics consistent with the literature, though the return rate was not as high as desired. The PDM maturation evaluation audits elucidated select oncology-specific examples of expert-level behaviors. Identifying oncology-specific expert behaviors in the staff nurse is achievable. The expert behavior performance criteria will be incorporated into the five dimensions of the PDM evaluation: clinical practice, communication and respect, leadership, teamwork, and performance improvement and research. The forms and related training for the user groups will be completed and the expert level evaluation piloted.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:20:09Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:20:09Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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