An explanation of the differences between expert and novice performance in the administration of an intramuscular injection of an analgesic agent to a patient in pain*

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  • Jane Noyes RGN RSCN Cert Ed

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    1. Pathway Leader, ENB 415 Higher Award Pathway, The Northern College of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies, Manchester and Honorary Nurse Lecturer, Academic Department of Paediatrics, University of Keele, Keele, England
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    This paper was written whilst undertaking a masters degree at the University of Manchester

fane Noyes The Northern College of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies Peel House Campus Albert Street Manchester M30 0NJ, England

Abstract

It has been stated that nurse education in the United Kingdom (UK) currently draws upon Schon's concept of the reflective practitioner, and Benner's concept of the expert Studies have explored the claim that experienced expert practitioners are unable to articulate all they know, and that their theoretical knowledge and clinical skills are of a qualitatively different type from that of novice practitioners This paper aims to explain the differences between expert and novice performance using the example of administering an intramuscular injection of an analgesic agent to a patient in pain Theoretical concepts concerning the nature of expertise are used to evaluate novice/expert performance in nursing Criticisms of Benner's theory are developed in relationship to her methodology and the interpretation and assessment of nursing practice

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