This investigation represents an attempt to design and validate a skill acquisition model for the nurse educator role.
The preparation and role development of nurse educators has become a significant focus for the profession. The NLN Nurse Educator Competencies and skill acquisition theory provide a basis for studying skill acquisition among nurse educators.
A total of 339 nurse educators from North Carolina and West Virginia were surveyed using an instrument designed to assess skill among nurse educators.
The survey discriminated among five levels of skill (novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient, and expert). Participants reported a proficient level of total skill acquisition and a proficient level for each of the eight NLN Nurse Educator Competencies. Internal consistency for the survey tool was high at .977.
Results of this study add to the body of knowledge of skill acquisition, role development, and transition. The study provides a unique method to study skill acquisition.