A multi-generational staff development model for registered nurses

Paul Arbon, Irene Bowen, Peter Cook, Trudy Rudge, Frances Sutton

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The paper focuses on a significant nursing initiative for staff development undertaken in South Australia. The initiative arose out of Health Commission funded consultancy which sought to develop a staff development model for registered nurses. The outcome of this consultancy was the development of a multi-generational staff development model, known as the DPS Staff Development Model. This model provides a framework through which staff development activities can be analysed, consolidated and extended. The paper outlines the DPS Staff Development Model, the context in which it was developed and its implications for nursing staff development programmes. The development of the model was premised on a number of assumptions. These included the need to ensure flexibility, longevity, offer a perspective of staff development that is realistic and practical, and facilitate in registered nurses a sense of ownership and personal responsibility with respect to their development. The model comprises six broad areas of focus: the Career Development Model for registered nurses in South Australia, the structure of the model, locations in which staff development occurs, elements which assist in maintaining skills and knowledge, elements which enhance growth and development and the processes and relationships necessary for the successful implementation of staff development programmes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-149
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


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