Professional Development Framework:
Tools & Resources: Glossary
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The assured opportunity to advance on the Professional Development Framework based on demonstrated ability to meet identified behaviors, rather than promotion through competition for a limited number of positions.Abundance in action simultaneously rewards individual excellence while promoting teamwork.
Yearly evaluation between nurse and nurse manager that includes self-assessment, peer feedback and manager assessment. These annual evaluations will be based on the Domains and Behaviors delineated in the Professional Development Framework. All peer feedback must be non-anonymous, and any nurse providing input into another nurse’s annual performance review must have taken the ESN class on Peer Feedback.
In order to maintain one’s Framework Level, each RN will demonstrate that he/she continues to meet the practice behaviors in the Domains described in the Professional Development Framework. This will be accomplished through the annual performance review at the unit level. This review incorporates self, peer and manager assessment.
This group will hear an appeal and resolve disagreements when application for advancement is denied by the Central Committee. Half of the members of the Board are appointed by the UMPNC, half by the University. Decisions will be made by consensus and are final, meaning that the decision stands and cannot be taken to the dispute process.
If advancement to a new level is not granted, the applicant may appeal. Appeals in relation to Central Committee decisions are resolved by the Appeals Board. Strategies for the nurse’s future success will be articulated and shared should advancement be denied.
Application Portfolio: A set of documents providing evidence of an RN’s clinical expertise. The portfolio includes elements developed from the nurse, the nurse manager and selected peers.
Observable in the clinical performance of the nurse, behaviors articulate the evolving expertise on a continuum from the novice new graduate in Level A to the highly skilled expert clinical leader in Level E. Behaviors describe nursing practice within the Five Professional Development Framework Domains.
A body of RNs, half appointed by the UMPNC and half by the University, who process applications for advancement to Level D and E. They will determine, through portfolio review and the interview process, whether or not the portfolio verifies the behaviors that align with the level to which the applicant applies. In situations where advancement is denied, specific strategies for success will be shared with the applicant. (see Contract Addendum D, Section F). Nurses have the option to take Central Committee decisions on to the Appeals Board.
A nurse with special training who consults and works with a Framework applicant over the course of the application process. The consistent 1:1 relationship between the coach and nurse fosters the exploration of professional strengths/accomplishments and promotes effective, full exemplar writing. The coach may assist the applicant in managing the process of developing a portfolio.
Decisions made by general agreement or accord based on group discussion and alignment. This method contrasts with decisions made by majority vote. Consensus will be used in the Central Committee and Appeals Board processes.
Strategies developed by the RN, manager and a UMPNC representative to address issues raised at the Annual Evaluation concerning maintenance of Framework practice level.No loss of Level occurs until a plan is in place and sufficient time has elapsed for the RN to demonstrate designated Level behaviors.
A group of 36 Health System RNs, representing a microcosm of the UMHS Nursing Community, that jointly designed the overall plan for a Professional Development Framework at UMHS in 2003. The plan developed by this group formed the basis for the further development of the Professional Development Framework in the 2004 Contract Negotiations.
Areas of professional nursing practice described within the UMHS Professional Development Framework. These include:
- Clinical Skills and Knowledge
- Therapeutic Relationships
- Professional Relationships
- Professional Development
- Advancing Practice through Innovation and Research
A detailed first person account of an RN’s clinical practice that tells a story about a specific patient, family or event Sometimes referred to as a clinical narrative, it serves to “exemplify” an RN’s practice. The exemplars are a key element in the portfolio and show how practice aligns with the behaviors within the domains.
Tools based on the grid of Framework Domains and Behaviors. There are three similar tools: Self-Assessment, Peer Input and Manager Voice. Each facilitates review of an RN’s practice by ascribing behaviors at various Levels within Domains and Areas. NOTE: The Peer Input Tool is not used for Application Portfolios for Level D & E. Instead, three peer Letters of Support, based on the domains, are required.
A group of 41 Health System RNs, a microcosm of the UMHS Nursing Community, brought together to complete the infrastructure and processes for the Professional Development Framework, following Contract ratification by UMHS nurses in August, 2004. This group built upon the work of the Framework Design and Joint Negotiation Teams and sought input from the UMHS Nursing Community.
A face to face with the Central Committee Review Panel for Levels D and E. This provides the RN with an opportunity to expand upon elements in his/her application and demonstrate how she/he meets behaviors required for the Level.
Abbreviation used for the Joint Implementation Team, a group from UMHS Nursing Administration, Human Resources and the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council that meets 2-3 times monthly between contract negotiations.
A required part of the application for advancement to Levels D and E. Three such letters are required - one must come from an RN; others may come from other colleagues familiar with the RN’s practice. Each letter should focus on one specific Domain, such as “Clinical Skill and Knowledge.” Letters of Support provide the opportunity for colleagues to identify excellence in practice and “speak out” about it. The Central Committee will rely on specific examples described in these letters as they consider an application.
Framework levels A, C, D, E, and F (not yet developed) describe a continuum of Novice to expert practice of an RN at UMHS, based in part on the work of Patricia Benner.
A concept used in determining Level retention should a nurse desire to transfer to another unit. Conceptually, “like” areas of current or past practice are determined in the following manner: Units which share at least two of the three following characteristics are considered to be “like units”--
- Developmental level of patients (adult, pediatric, neonate/infant)
- Level of care (ICU, General Care, Ambulatory Care)
- Specialty (Cardiac, Oncology, etc.)
The manager voice is heard through the use of the Manager Voice Tool. It is completed by the manager and provides perspective on the behaviors that most closely describe the applicant’s nursing practice within each Domain. This is a required part of the portfolio.
An RN with expertise in a particular area who assists a colleague to develop greater knowledge and skill in that area.
A process of assessment and monitoring designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the Professional Development Framework. This process will help to identify successes and propose modification and improvements.
A team of nurses and Human Resources staff representing the University and the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council who negotiated the agreement and language that set the Professional Development Framework into the Contract. This team used an Interest Based Approach to bargaining and sought community input over the course of the negotiations months prior to the final ratification.
A conceptual model describing the ongoing development of nurses’ expertise in clinical practice over time. The Professional Development Framework is based in part on this concept, first articulated by Patricia Benner.
Peer input is a required element for application for advancement.
- For application to Levels D or E, three Letters of Support from peers are required.
Any form of Peer Input described above may only be provided by those nurses who have attended the ESN class on Peer Feedback.
Peer Support: See Letters of Support. (Applies to Levels D and E.)
Portfolio: See Application Portfolio.
A self-described account of an RN’s current practice, practice setting, particular expertise and professional goals and objectives.
A factual written summary of one’s professional education, work experience and accomplishments.
A group of 3 or 4 Central Committee members. The Review Panel studies application portfolios submitted by RN candidates for advancement to Levels D and E, interviews applicants and makes recommendations to the Central Committee.
Clinical nurse educators, clinical care coordinators, flight nurses and Practice Management nurses. These RNs within the N-3 pay grade are not currently included in the Professional Development Framework. They are included in the Role Specific Advancement Model.
An individual exercise designed to review one’s own professional practice in the context of the behaviors as described in the five UMHS Framework Domains. The process uses the self-reflective tool and is required for Levels D and E.
A process driven by the RN applicant that empowers the individual to assume responsibility for his/her movement within the Professional Development Framework.
Within the context of the Framework for Professional Development, this refers to a form used to guide an RN in writing a component of the portfolio.
Moving from a position in one unit to a position in another unit within the Health System. Depending upon whether the transfer is determined to be to a “like” or “unlike” area of current or past practice, it may have an effect on whether the nurse maintains his/her level.
A Registered Nurse who holds a clinical (non-management) nursing position at UMHS and thereby holds membership in the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council.
Last reviewed: 12/16/10