Implementing Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice (3rd Ed.)

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In 2010, the Nursing Education, Innovation and Professional Development (NEIPD) department at a large academic acute care hospital located on the east coast recognized the need to revise its vision and mission in order to better meet the professional development needs of their nurses in the changing complex healthcare system. A retreat was held, and the NEIPD adopted the 2010 edition of Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice (American Nurses Association & National Nursing Staff Development Organization, 2010) and created a vision to be recognized as a premier leader in providing exemplary innovative learning environments for professional development and education in health care on a local, national, and global level. The mission stated: “Through the use of our Nursing Professional Development Practice Model, our purpose is to sustain nursing excellence and world class patient care by facilitating the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote safety and contribute to the protection of the public and provision of quality care” (University of Pennsylvania Health System, 2010). The NEIPD adapted the Nursing Professional Development Specialist Practice Model, expanding the inputs to include nursing shared governance professional development core council, clinical nurse specialists, patients, and the global and organizational environment. The title and position description of the nursing professional development (NPD) practitioner were revised to reflect the nursing professional development standards. The NEIPD new professional practice model, position description, and practice standards were vetted with senior nursing leadership garnering full support for adoption and implementation.
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