Developing the heart failure specialist nurse competency framework

Maggie Simpson, Yvonne Millerick, Lucy Girdler-Heald, Karen Higginbotham, Katharine Whittingham, Jayne Masters, Carys Barton

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The aim of this article is to outline the underpinning conceptual principles of advanced nursing and competency embedded in the Heart Failure Specialist Nurse Competency Framework, launched in January 2021. The authors refer to Benner's novice to expert pedagogy and explore how this provides a robust framework on which to assess the progress of the heart failure specialist nurse. Some key considerations are discussed, for example the importance of constructive feedback and feed-forward in the individual's learning cycle. Finally, plans for the future are discussed and the importance of evaluation in the authors' ongoing commitment to improving the learning experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732-737
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number14
Early online date20 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2022


  • Advanced practice
  • Competency framework
  • Heart failure
  • Heart failure specialist nurses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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