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  1. Haag-Heitman, Barb PhD, RN, PHCNS, BC


Developing expert nurses is essential for effective and quality-based healthcare outcomes, yet little is understood about what conditions foster expert development. This study examined expert nurses' perceptions of personal and environmental influences on attainment of expert performance. Findings indicate the developmental importance of risk taking, deliberate practice, social models/mentors, and recognition. These results help inform nurses in staff development on processes and programs that enhance staff clinical practice development.