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An exploration of the psychosocial perspectives on educational/developmental opportunities for enrolled nurses: the forgotten species?


Foong, AL and MacKay, GF, An exploration of the psychosocial perspectives on educational/developmental opportunities for enrolled nurses: the forgotten species?, Nurse education today, 16, (2) pp. 94-97. ISSN 0260-6917 (1996) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1996 Pearson Professional Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0260-6917(96)80063-3


The provision of further education opportunities is generally known to be limited for enrolled nurses. With the phasing out of the enrolled nurse qualification, it appears that many of them have to compete for limited places on conversion courses. Such a situation which has been placed on them appears to create problems in their lives. This study was undertaken with a randomized sample of 30 enrolled nurses to find out what the psychosocial problems may be for them who have not yet been able to convert to registered nurse status. The findings reveal a sense of betrayal, frustration, anger and helplessness at being coerced into getting onto conversion courses. That is compounded by the fact that places on such courses are extremely limited. Superimposed on those, fears were also expressed for their jobs. That was particularly so in the case of nurses from the area of learning disabilities. Although there are suggestions that they need to get onto conversion courses, there is a sense of disillusionment as places on the courses are extremely limited. Whilst the intention to convert may be present, many feel prevented from doing so because of their family commitments. In many instances, those commitments were non-existent when they first embarked on their nurse education/training. At the very least, the findings suggest a moral responsibility on the part of the relevant authorities to undertake a coordinated effort to help this group of nurses. After all it may be suggested that their predicament is not of their own making.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Psychosocial; educational; developmental; enrolled nurses
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Foong, AL (Dr Andrew Foong)
ID Code:125293
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-04-12
Last Modified:2018-08-14

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