I have recently taken over the Nurse Educator role in my department, and one of the issues my Manager and I are trying to resolve is how to "rate" our nurses as novice, competent, proficient and expert. How does one decide how a nurse "graduates" from one level to the next. I can clearly look at my nurses (we are a small department of about 20) and tell you who is who in terms of expertise, but I need an internal policy or guideline to go by and I am STUCK. This is going to also help us to incorporate a Charge Nurse position. Help!?!?