Enhancing Professional Development for Nurses and Staff Educators

A quick reference field-guide to assessing and improving professional nursing competency

Providing excellent care for patients is the ultimate goal for nurses. In order to maintain a level of excellence and continue to grow their competencies levels, it is imperative that nurses have strong educational programs as a resource.

Alvin D. Jeffery, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, FNP-BC; Anne Longo, PhD, MBA, RN-BC, NEA-BC; and Angela Nienaber, MSN, RN-BC, understand the responsibility of being a staff educator and the many steps that go into creating a successful education program. Together, these nurse leaders have created a detailed, quick reference guide that aids in every step; from designing, developing, and analyzing professional development activities, to evaluating growth and performance for nurses. 

Staff Educator’s Guide to Professional Development: Assessing and Enhancing Nurse Competency, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), is fundamental for both new and seasoned nurse educators. Organized according to the ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation) model, this book includes many practical tools, notes, ready-to-use worksheets, and tables to help educate nurses for success.

According to the authors, “Staff educators must expand their own practice of education by understanding the competencies of other healthcare disciplines that interact with nursing. As health care continues to change, new roles are cropping up, and historical roles are being redefined. And all of these changes come with students. The staff educator must understand these roles in order to educate the nurse learner.”

This is the second book in STTI’s Staff Educator’s Guide series, which also includes Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation.

The book is available at http://www.nursingknowledge.org/sttibooks.

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