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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This book provides tools to evaluate and enhance nursing professional development.
Purpose: The purpose is to give staff educators measurable tools to establish and demonstrate proficiency. According to the authors, this book adds to the body of evidence-based staff development literature and is appropriate for staff development or patient educators in any setting.
Audience: The book is written for any practitioner interested in nursing professional development.
Features: Three sections cover competency assessment and validation, applications of the competencies to practice, and future trends. Chapters provide an overview of the competency movement and then cover developing educator competencies, creating a framework for educator competencies, self-assessment, criterion-based position descriptions, performance appraisals and professional development plans, and professional portfolios.
Assessment: This is a good quality book. The figures and exhibits throughout enhance the presentation.