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Applying the Novice-to-Expert Model to Infusion Nursing

Gentile, Deborah L. PhD, RN-BC

doi: 10.1097/NAN.0b013e3182424336

The novice-to-expert continuum serves as the basis for many development and advancement models. Consideration of the intent of the model, domains, and characteristics of practice, a foundation in reflective practice, and implications for educators are essential for successful implementation of a novice-to-expert model. An example of a long-standing novice-to-expert model and application of a novice-to-expert model to infusion nursing are discussed.

Author Affiliations: Research Scientist, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Deborah Gentile, PhD, RN-BC, is a research scientist at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is board certified in pain management nursing. Currently, her program of research focuses on acute pain management. Earlier research included examination of the relationship of nurses' professional characteristics to levels of clinical nursing expertise.

Corresponding Author: Deborah Gentile, PhD, RN-BC, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (

The author of this article has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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