Nursing Professional Development: A Lifelong process of active participation by nurses in learning activities that assist in developing and maintaining their continuing competence, enhancing professional practice and supporting achievement of their career goals1
Staff Development: The systematic process of assessment, development and evaluation that enhances the performance or professional development of healthcare providers and their continuing competence1
1. American Nurse Association. (2000). Scope and standards of practice for nursing professional development. Washingtion, DC: American Nurses Publishing.