Five-Step Model of Professional Excellence

Shiela Gayle Marble

cancer nursing assessment
CJON 2009, 13(3), 310-315. DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.310-315

The bone marrow transplantation program at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, has successfully developed and implemented a process model using the theory of Novice to Expert for the education of its nurses. The five-step model of excellence provides a fluid and individualized framework for the professional development of the healthcare providers working in the oncology program and a method to measure progress. In addition, the requirements for education and a method to measure progress are clear for nurses who would be considered experts in the unit. As a result of the implemented process model, 65 of 96 RNs (68%) met the criteria for expert compared to 18% prior to the implementation, 58 of 79 RNs (73%) are oncology certified (OCN®) compared to 24% prior to implementation, and 42 of 96 RNs (44%) are mentors compared to 19% prior to implementation. The five-step model has helped foster a culture of staff and leadership development with engaging, motivating, and high-performing work groups that promote career progression within the workforce.

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