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Future-Proofing Nursing Education: An Australian Perspective


Ralph, N and Birks, M and Chapman, Y and Francis, K, Future-Proofing Nursing Education: An Australian Perspective, Sage Open pp. 1-11. ISSN 2158-2440 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/2158244014556633


The relevance of pre-registration programs of nursing education to current and emerging trends in healthcare and society could have a significant future impact on the nursing profession. In this article, we use a PESTEL (politics, economics, society, technology, environment, and law) framework to identify significant current and future priorities in Australian healthcare. Following the PESTEL analysis, we conduct a review of the curriculum content of current Australian undergraduate pre-registration nursing curricula. The data were analyzed to determine how nursing curricula were aligned with the priorities identified in the PESTEL analysis. Findings suggest that preparation–practice gaps are evident in nursing curricula as the broad priorities identified were poorly reflected in undergraduate pre-registration programs. The study recommended (a) the establishment of a nationally consistent mechanism to identify current and emerging trends in healthcare and higher education, and (b) an evidence-based framework that enhances forward planning in the design of undergraduate pre-registration nursing curricula.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nursing, education, future, curriculum, workforce, policy, accreditation
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
UTAS Author:Francis, K (Professor Karen Francis)
ID Code:132369
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2019-05-06
Last Modified:2019-05-06

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