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The six Standards of Practice describe a competent level of nursing professional development as demonstrated by the critical thinking model known as the nursing process. The nursing process includes the components of assessment, identification of issues and trends, outcomes identification, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The nursing process encompasses all significant actions taken by registered nurses and forms the foundation of the nurse’s decision-making.


ANA STANDARDS OF NURSING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

STANDARDS OF PRACTICE FOR NURSING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

STANDARD 1.ASSESSMENT
The nursing professional development specialist collects data and information related to educational needs and other pertinent situations.

STANDARD 2. IDENTIFICATION OF ISSUES AND TRENDS
The nursing professional development specialist analyzes issues, trends, and supporting data to determine the needs of individuals, organizations, and communities.

STANDARD 3.OUTCOMES IDENTIFICATION
The nursing professional development specialist identifies desired outcomes.

STANDARD 4. PLANNING
The nursing professional development specialist establishes a plan that prescribes strategies, alternatives, and resources to achieve expected outcomes.

STANDARD 5. IMPLEMENTATION
The nursing professional development specialist implements the identified plan.

STANDARD 5A: COORDINATION
The nursing professional development specialist coordinates educational initiatives and activities.

STANDARD 5B. LEARNING AND PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT
The nursing professional development specialist employs strategies and techniques to promote positive learning and practice environments.

STANDARD 5C: CONSULTATION
The nursing professional development specialist provides consultation to influence plans, enhance the abilities of others, and effect change.

STANDARD 6. EVALUATION
The nursing professional development specialist evaluates progress toward attainment of outcomes.

STANDARD 7.QUALITY OF NURSING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE
The nursing professional development specialist systematically enhances the quality and effectiveness of nursing professional development practice.

STANDARD 8. EDUCATION
The nursing professional development specialistmaintains current knowledge and competency in nursing and professional development practice.

STANDARD 9. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EVALUATION
The nursing professional development specialist evaluates his/her own practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines, and relevant statutes, rules, and regulations.

STANDARD 10. COLLEGIALITY
The nursing professional development specialist establishes collegial partnerships contributing to the professional development of peers, students, colleagues, and others.

STANDARD 11. COLLABORATION
The nursing professional development specialist collaborates with interprofessional teams, leaders, stakeholders, and others to facilitate nursing practice and positive outcomes for consumers.

STANDARD 12. ETHICS
The nursing professional development specialist integrates ethics in all areas of practice.

STANDARD 13.ADVOCACY
The nursing professional development specialist advocates for the protection and rights of individuals, families, communities, populations, healthcare providers, nursing, and other professions, institutions, and organizations.

STANDARD 14. RESEARCH
The nursing professional development specialist integrates research findings into practice.

STANDARD 15. RESOURCE UTILIZATION
The nursing professional development specialist considers factors related to safety, effectiveness, and cost in regard to professional development activities and expected outcomes.

STANDARD 16. LEADERSHIP
The nursing professional development specialist provides leadership in the professional practice setting and the profession. The ten Standards of Professional Performance describe a competent level of behavior in the nursing professional development role, including activities related to quality of practice, education, professional practice evaluation, collegiality, collaboration, ethics, advocacy, research, resource utilization, and leadership. All registered nurses are expected to engage in professional role activities, including leadership and advocacy, appropriate to their education and position. Registered nurses are accountable for their professional actions to themselves, their patients, their peers, and ultimately to society.

ANA STANDARDS OF NURSING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Source: American Nurses Association and National Nursing Staff Development Organization (2010).
Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice. Silver Spring,MD: Nursesbooks.org.

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