Quote from spacenurse
I didn't buy it. I do recommend From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice by Patricia Benner. And her other books.
Yah, that was awesome. Until I read it, I couldn't figure out why I upset my instructors. I guess they read it and their understanding of it was that in the first stage, students had to display blind, eager obedience and not ask questions that couldn't be answered in terms of rules. Things were a lot easier once I knew where they were coming from.
The only thing about the book that doesn't seem right is the idea that when going to a new job, we drop back down to the level we were before we got our first job, then have to work our way back up to expertise, and it takes the same length of time to get there. None of that matches what I see.
One cool thing about it is the parallel with Kohlberg's stages of moral development. Seems like people recapitulate that general life progression when they acclimate to new skills, jobs, and organizations.