Charting the Course: The Power of Expert Nurses to Define the Future

Jane Corrigan Wandel, MS, RN


October 16, 2003

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The Institute for Nursing Healthcare Leadership (INHL) hosted a conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the book From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice[1] by Patricia Benner. The INHL's Executive Director, Joyce C. Clifford, PhD, RN, FAAN, noted that the goal of the conference was to provide a forum for colleagues to "re-engage" with nursing practice and to draw on what has been learned from the work of Benner and others to advance the understanding of the clinical discipline.

In an introductory evening seminar, participants were challenged by Juan Enriquez-Cabot, MBA,[2] to envision the future world of healthcare in light of the emerging field of genomics. In ensuing sessions, faculty and participants discussed the use of the clinical narrative in nursing practice and described aspects in the practice environment that are needed to identify and foster expert practice by nurses.


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