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Professional Development Framework:
Guide for Self-Reflection

As you contemplate applying for advancement in Framework, one of the first things you will want to do is take some time for self-reflection. Begin the process by printing a copy of the Self Assessment Form.

As you read through the document, find the behaviors that most closely describe what you do over the course of daily practice. Be honest with yourself. You may find that you need to go through the document more than once, even on different days.

Think about what happened today or this week. Think about your most memorable patients and experiences. Think about what makes you proud. Think about what stories you might tell about your practice and experiences.

As you work your way through the Framework grid, you will quite possibly find that the behaviors which describe your individual practice are scattered over several levels. You may even surprise yourself. Circle the ones that you feel best describe you. You may find that looking at the behaviors helps you set goals for yourself for the future.

When you have an idea where you fit - what Framework Level fits your practice - go to the Application Portfolio section on this Web site and look at the requirements for application to that Level. Read through the checklist.

As you write drafts and gather required documents, you may wish to contact a coach for feedback, support and encouragement.


Target Audience:UMHS Nurses | Author/Contact: Stephanie Minerath
Last reviewed: 11/2013