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Nurse Theorists & Nursing Theories

This guide is a resource on finding materials on prominent nurse theorists and nursing theories
Patricia Benner (R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N, F.R.C.N.) is the Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair in Ethics and Spirituality in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Benner is an internationally noted researcher and lecturer on health, stress and coping, skill acquisition and ethics. Her work has had wide influence on nursing both in the United States and internationally.


She described 5 levels of nursing experience as;

  1. Novice
  2. Advanced beginner
  3. Competent
  4. Proficient
  5. Expert

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