Although many nursing professional development departments have an individual functioning in the professional development associate position, the role has never been formally described. To develop role clarity, a survey of 521 individuals was conducted to determine the extent of the role, responsibilities, and requirements of professional development associates. The survey indicates that standardization of titles, responsibilities, and competencies is needed. Strengthening the professional development associate role is vital to maintaining quality and efficiency and improving outcomes of professional development departments.
Tina Spagnola, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, is Education Program Coordinator, Association for Nursing Professional Development, Clearwater, Florida.
Pamela S. Dickerson, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, is Director, Professional Development for the Montana Nurses Association, Clancy.
Mary G. Harper, PhD, RN-BC, is the Director of Nursing Professional Development, Association for Nursing Professional Development, Clearwater, Florida.
Tina Spagnola and Mary Harper are consultants with ANPD and receive a monthly consultation fee. Pamela S. Dickerson has no conflicts of interest.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Tina Spagnola, 2350 Pembrook Dr., Clearwater, FL 33764 (e-mail: email@example.com).