Revealing Nursing Expertise Through Practitioner Inquiry / Edition 1

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Revealing Nursing Expertise Through Practitioner Inquiry explores and reveals the often hidden workings of 'expert practitioners'. It provides valuable insights into developing practice expertise and how expert nursing practice is a key influence on health care practice. The authors present evidence around the interconnected components needed to facilitate, support and enable nurses in their practice settings through a transformational framework used to further develop and refine nursing practice expertise. Part 1 explores the current context of practice expertise and the process of practitioner inquiry. Part 2 examinplores the evidence for practice expertise, using exemplars from the extensive 'Expertise in Practice Project'. This includes perspectives of practitioners developing their expertise in diverse areas of clinical practice as well as of from those who facilitate practitioners to develop and articulate their practice expertise. Part 3 explores the development of portfolios of evidence that demonstrate expertise, examines models and approaches to facilitation and provides a toolkit of resources. Revealing Nursing Expertise Through Practitioner Inquiry provides important evidence to support the claim that expert nurses change patients' worlds as well as transforming practice, workplace performance and organisational wide service developments.
• Provides a framework for exploring and developing nursing expertise
• Enables nurses to articulate their expertise and examine their own practice
• Offers practical guidance on facilitating inquiry based practitioners
• Draws on results of the RCN Expertise in Practice project
• Written collaboratively by practitioners, practice developers and nurse academics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405151788
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/21/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Hardy is Director of Research & Practice Development at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Honorary Associate Professor at Monash University, Melbourne, Research Fellow with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Senior Research Fellow, Royal College of Nursing Institute London and Deputy Director of Nursing Research at the University of East Anglia, Norwich England.

Angie Titchen is Clinical Chair , The Knowledge Centre for Evidence Based Practice, Fontys University of Applied Science, The Netherlands, Visiting Professor, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland and Associate Fellow, University of Warwick, England.

Kim Manley is Head of Practice Development, Royal College of Nursing Institute, London, and Visiting Professor of Nursing, Bournemouth University, England

Brendan McCormack is Professor of Nursing Research University of Ulster, Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Victoria Australia and Visiting Professor at University of Technology Sydney.

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Table of Contents





Section One: The Context

1. From Artistry in Practice to Expertise in Developing

Person-Centred Systems: A Clinical Career Framework

Kim Manley, Angie Titchen and Sally Hardy


The context of nursing practice expertise

Nursing practice: person-centred expertise

Expertise in developing person-centred systems

Four domains of person-centred expertise

The clinical career framework



2. Practitioner Research

Brendan McCormack


Practitioner research – the context

Practitioner research – what is it?

The transformative potential of practitioner research

Emancipatory action research

Emancipatory practice development

Transformational practice development

Operationalising methods of practitioner research through reflexivity



3. A Kaleidoscope of Nursing Expertise: A Literature Review

Angie Titchen and Sally Hardy

Patterns and colours

Professional artistry


Section Two: Practitioner Examples

4. Transformational Impact of the Expertise in Practice Project

Maeve McGinley


Section one: starting the journey

Section two: a new beginning



5. Working with Critical Companionship

Angela Brown and Karen Harrison

What is a critical companion?

Professional artistry

Endings and potential



6. Critical Companionship – The Lived Experience

Alison Greggans and Margaret Conlon




7. Expertise in Practice – Older People

Jonathan Webster


Developing practice with older people




8. The Role of the Consultant Nurse and Research in Articulating Expertise

Cheryl Crocker


Developing a nursing technology

Technology transferred



9. The Impact of Clinical Expertise on Patient Care in Rheumatology

Sarah Ryan


Section 1: caring for patients with RA

Section 2: nurse-led clinics: added value to patient care

Evaluating practice

Section 3: the effectiveness of nursing interventions



10. Exploring the Relationship between Education Expertise and Nursing Practice

Nancy Jane Lee


A professional doctorate



11. Critical Creativity in the Development of Clinical Nurse

Specialists’ Practice

Liz Henderson


Critical creativity: a new paradigm for PD

Developing expertise as a facilitator

Methodology and design

The developmental journey

Making use of care stories

Evaluating the impact of the programme




Section Three: Methods and Resources for Revealing Practice Expertise

12. Developing Expertise through Nurturing Professional Artistry in the Workplace

Angie Titchen


Professional artistry dimensions

Creating the conditions

Concluding remarks



13. Revealing the Hidden Treasures of Practice Expertise

Sally Hardy

Principle methods for transformation

Qualitative 360º feedback



Using narratives (patient and staff stories)

Reflexivity (reflection into critically appraised action)



Additional resources for developing practice expertise

Section Four: Concluding Remarks

14. A Final Turn of the Kaleidoscope

Sally Hardy, Angie Titchen, Kim Manley and Brendan McCormack

Interrelated journeys


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