Updating nursing skills
Long before politicians debated passage of the Affordable Care Act, major healthcare changes were occurring.
The author begins this article by reviewing the novice to expert trajectory, describing differences between novice and expert nurses, and reporting the relationship between nurse experience and quality outcomes as measured by nurse-sensitive indicators. To a large extent, it is driving experience that enables a new driver to become a safer driver.
Anywhere in the world, nurses usually make up the largest percentage of health care professionals.
Many of them work in hospital or institutional settings.
She goes on to explain that current data already indicate that outcomes, such as the incidence of patient falls and the prevalence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU), are influenced by the experience level of the nurse.
Five strategies (vehicles) to maintain expertise in the nursing workforce are presented.