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

Ellis, L 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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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
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Education Today
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 02606917
Depositing User: Dr Nancy-Jane Smith
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2011 12:06
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 11:02

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