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Doctoral education for nurses today: the PhD or professional doctorate?


Walker, K and Campbell, S and Duff, J and Cummings, E, Doctoral education for nurses today: the PhD or professional doctorate?, Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 34, (1) pp. 60-69. ISSN 1447-4328 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Objective: This paper seeks to stimulate discussion and debate about the future of doctoral education for nurses in Australia.

Setting: A large Magnet recognised acute care private hospital in New South Wales and a large regional university in Australia.

Primary argument: Healthcare today and into the future is increasingly more complex and requires ever more highly skilled healthcare professionals to meet the challenges of providing safe, quality care. Doctoral research and education based in the workplace and designed to improve healthcare while skilling up nurses and other professionals in research methods has never been more relevant and appropriate.

Conclusion: Nurses have generally not seen the PhD as the best fit for their higher professional development. The professional doctorate offers a compelling and dynamic alternative to the more academic focus of the PhD and prepares ‘inquiry-driven leaders’ for tomorrow’s challenges.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:doctoral education, research, professional development, nurses, healthcare improvement
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Walker, K (Professor Kim Walker)
UTAS Author:Campbell, S (Professor Steven Campbell)
UTAS Author:Duff, J (Dr Jed Duff)
UTAS Author:Cummings, E (Associate Professor Liz Cummings)
ID Code:111122
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-08-31
Last Modified:2018-02-06

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