Benner's Theory in Nursing

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Benner’s theory explains what stage of nursing one is in based on your education and the amount of time one has worked in a specific nursing field. She describes the five stages of the theory: novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient, and expert. While this theory has its limitations, it is beneficial to the well-being of both the nurse and patient and that is proven by real world clinical practice.
In the book Nursing Theorists and Their Work, Martha Raile Alligood gives a great background history on Benner and a description of her theory:
In 1964 Patricia Benner obtained her baccalaureate of arts degree from Pasadena College, and in 1970 she earned a master’s degree in nursing, with major emphasis in medical-surgical nursing, from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. . . . Her PhD in stress, coping, and health was conferred in 1982 at the University of California, Berkley, and her dissertation was published in 1984. . . . Benner has a wide experience of clinical background experience, including positions in acute medical-surgical, critical care, and home health care. (Alligood, 2014, p.120) After several years of teaching she retired from a full time teaching position at UCSF. Benner has also won many different awards and honors throughout her nursing career. One of her greatest…

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