Journal article

Defining Expertise in Cancer Nursing Practice

Mei Krishnasamy, Ursula MM Webb, Susannah LC Babos, Jessica TT Duong, Jacqueline EN Rohde, Nathan YH Ting, Donna Milne, Trista Koproski, Jac Mathieson

CANCER NURSING | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Thirty-five years ago, Benner defined an expert nurse as one who applies deep knowledge and experience across different contexts and clinical situations. Since that time, there has been little exploration of expertise in cancer nursing. OBJECTIVES: To explore and describe characteristics of expert cancer nurses and to consider whether Benner's typology of an expert nurse remains relevant in today's complex oncology settings. METHODS: An exploratory, descriptive study using audio-recorded focus group methodology was undertaken. Audio-recordings were transcribed, and an inductive thematic analysis approach applied to the data. Nurses also documented key characteristics of expert pr..

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