Richard Benner, Ph.D.

Richard Benner is president of Benner Associates and a lecturer in organizational behavior at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, where he was Assistant Dean for ten years. He has degrees in philosophy, counseling psychology, and he received his doctorate from Stanford University in organizational studies where his dissertation on decision making in complex organizations received a national award.

Dr. Benner's research in nursing began in 1975, when he collaborated with his wife, Patricia, on a study of the transition of new graduate nurses into clinical practice which resulted in the book, A Troubled Sponsorship.

Over the last several years, Dr. Benner has been working with a team of nurse consultants assisting hospitals in creating an organizational environment to develop, enhance and grow nursing practice. This process involves the use of clinical narratives to define the current practice in the hospital, training in recognizing skill levels, providing the means for the individual practitioner to see and reflect on his or her own practice, the sharing of clinical knowledge with peers, especially at the advanced levels, and assisting management to have a system perspective of the strengths and impediments to practice.



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