Professional Development Framework

Levels, Domains & Behaviors

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Guide for Self-Reflection

The four Levels of nursing practice within the Professional Development Framework are based in part on the Benner Model of Knowledge and Skill Acquisition. 

There are five Domains of Nursing Practice described in the Professional Development Framework: Clinical Skills and Knowledge; Therapeutic Relationships; Professional Relationships; Professional Development; and Advancing Practice through Innovation and Research. Each domain contains Subheadings that further delineate that area of practice.

Framework Nursing BehaviorsBehaviors describe the expected performance of a nurse at each Level of the Framework. Behaviors are described for each Domain of Nursing Practice. When viewed from Level A across the grid to Level E, increasingly advanced behaviors are evident within each domain. Per Contract Addendum D, Section B, 8): Advancement will be made on meeting a preponderance of all behaviors in total.  However, the employee must meet a preponderance of behaviors in the Clinical Skills and Knowledge Domain.

Performance Evaluations Pilot


Levels

Level A

An advanced beginner - the new graduate nurse with less than 12 months of experience

Level C

A fully competent nurse who provides care to a full range of patients seen in his/her practice setting, who has begun to make contributions on the unit.

Level D

A proficient nurse who provides individualized care to a full range of patients seen in the practice setting, while also making contributions to the unit and profession. Develops professional goals and demonstrates attention to own professional development.

Level E

An expert nurse who provides highly individualized care to a full range of patients even in the most complex situations, while also making significant contributions within and often beyond the unit as well as the profession.  Is goal driven around own professional development with clear evidence of advancing professional identity.

Domains

Clinical Skills & Knowledge

Details

  1. Nursing Process
  2. Technology
  3. Policy/Procedures/Protocols
  4. Promoting Culture of Safety
  5. Documentation
  6. Patient/Family Education

Therapeutic Relationships

Details

  1. Therapeutic Communication
  2. Empowerment - nurse, patient, family
  3. Compassion
  4. Advocacy and Ethics
  5. Valuing of Diversity

Professional Relationships

Details

  1. Collaboration with Health Care Team
  2. Valuing Teams/Teamwork
  3. Delegation
  4. Valuing of Diversity

Professional Development

Details

  1. Self
  2. Contribution to others

Advancing Practice through
Innovation & Research

Details

  1. Innovation
  2. Research
Guide for Self-Reflection

Self-Assessment FormAs you contemplate applying for advancement in Framework, one of the first things you will want to do is take some time for self-reflection. Begin the process by printing a copy of the Self Assessment Tool.

As you read through the document, find the behaviors that most closely describe what you do over the course of daily practice. Be honest with yourself. You may find that you need to go through the document more than once, even on different days.

Think about what happened today or this week. Think about your most memorable patients and experiences. Think about what makes you proud. Think about what stories you might tell about your practice and experiences.

As you work your way through the Framework grid, you will quite possibly find that the behaviors which describe your individual practice are scattered over several levels. You may even surprise yourself. Circle the ones that you feel best describe you. You may find that looking at the behaviors helps you set goals for yourself for the future.

When you have an idea of what Framework Level most aligns with your practice and where you believe you can demonstrate meeting the vast majority of behaviors, go to the Application Portfolio section on this website and look at the application requirements. Be sure to read through the checklist

As you create portfolio elements and gather required documents, we encourage you to consider contacting the coach (see the Coach section on the Tools & Resources page) for feedback, support and encouragement.

 

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We invite your thoughts, feedback, questions and comments related to the Professional Development Framework and Role Specific Advancement Model! 

Please email Mary Anne Brancheau, BSN, RN-BC at mavb@med.umich.edu or Nurse-ProfDevFramework@med.umich.edu. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Target Audience: UMHS Nursing | Author/Contact: Mary Anne Brancheau

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