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The changing landscape of doctoral education: introducing the professional doctorate for nurses

Ellis, LB and Lee, N 2005, 'The changing landscape of doctoral education: introducing the professional doctorate for nurses' , Nurse Education Today, 25 (3) , pp. 222-229.

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Abstract

The last decade has heralded the introduction of an alternative form of doctoral education for nurses in the United Kingdom, the professional or taught doctorate. First introduced in 1995 in the UK the number of professional doctorates for nurses has steadily increased totalling more than 23 programmes in 2004, a trend that seems set to continue. This paper presents those factors leading to the introduction of the professional doctorate in mainstream higher education generally and those leading to its adoption by the profession nursing. Professional doctorates are defined variously and these are considered relative to the traditional PhD. It will be some time before the full benefits of these programmes are realised and an empirical basis established. Meantime this paper highlights some of the potential benefits and some concerns whilst advocating recommendations that include the longitudinal evaluation of such programmes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: PhD, professional doctorate, continuing professional education, nursing
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Education Today
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 02606917
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2007 09:28
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/74

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