Nursing Expertise Self Report and Reflection

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Nursing Expertise Self-Report Scale and Reflection
Dawn Haag
October 29, 2012
Polly Hanson

The purpose of this paper is to provide my reflection of the results of The Nursing expertise self-report scale and how the results will be used to improve communication skills in health care settings. The scale used in this assignment, developed from Patricia Benner’s model of clinical competence, measures self perception by a nurse progressing from novice to expert. Her model suggests a link between experience and expertise using a scoring method. “The nurse-expertise self report scale has 20 items scored using a Likert Scale from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree” (Hansten & Jackson, 2009, p. 178). Based on the scoring of those 20 items as determined by a point value assigned to expert and novice, this writer scored 85 out of a possible 100. This score, according to Benner’s system, reflects experience resembling closer to expertise rather than novice.
Acquiring 28 years of nursing experience, I would expect to have evolved closer to expert than novice in patient care, however; I know with each new day and each patient or situation, an opportunity exists to learn something new. I have often identified communication skills as an area that I could improve upon. In the early stages of my career, communicating with my patients seemed easier than communicating with my peers and superiors. Over time, I have become a more confident communicating with my peers and not necessarily with superiors and some physicians.
In my current position, I am required to communicate with physicians and board members rather than patients. The results of this nursing expertise self-report scale serves as a reminder of the skills and confidence I have acquired throughout my nursing career. I plan to use the results as a tool assisting me in strengthening my ability…...

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