1. Uncovering the Knowledge Embedded in Clinical Nursing Practice -- 2. The Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition Applied to Nursing -- 3. Interpretive Approach to Identifying and Describing Clinical Knowledge -- 4. The Helping Role -- 5. The Teaching-Coaching Function -- 6. The Diagnostic and Monitoring Function -- 7. Effective Management of Rapidly Changing Situations -- 8. Administering and Monitoring Therapeutic Interventions and Regimens -- 9. Monitoring and Ensuring the Quality of Health Care Practices -- 10. Organizational and Work-Role Competencies -- 11. Implications for Research and Clinical Practice -- 12. Implications for Career Development and Education -- 13. The Quest for a New Identity and New Entitlement in Nursing -- 14. Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice -- Epilogue: Practical Applications -- Research Application: Identifying the Use and Misuse of Formal Models in Nursing Practice / Deborah R. Gordon -- Implementation of Staff Nurse III at El Camino Hospital / Ann Huntsmann, Janet Reiss Lederer and Elaine M. Peterman -- Focus on Excellence / Jeanette Ullery -- Identification of the Skilled Performance of Masters Prepared Nurses as a Method of Curriculum Planning and Evaluation / Mary V. Fenton -- Building Bridges Between Education and Practice / Kathleen Dolan -- References -- Glossary -- Appendix: Guideline for Recording Critical Incidents / Deborah R. Gordon, Patricia Benner ; AMICAE Project.