Mapping nursing pathways: a diverse modified Delphi approach

Birks, Melanie, Smithson, John, Wickett, Di, and Holmes, David (2015) Mapping nursing pathways: a diverse modified Delphi approach. SAGE Open, 5 (3). pp. 1-12.

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Articulated education pathways between the vocational education training sector and universities provide opportunities for students wishing to progress to higher qualifications. Enrolled nurses seeking to advance their career in nursing can choose to enter baccalaureate degree programs through such alternative entry routes. Awarding of credit for prior studies is dependent on accurate assessment of the existing qualification against that which is sought. This study employed a modified Delphi method to inform the development of an evidence-based, structured approach to mapping the pathway from the nationally consistent training package of the Diploma of Nursing to the diversity of baccalaureate nursing programs across Australia. The findings of this study reflect the practical nature of the role of the enrolled nurse, particularly the greater emphasis placed on direct care activities as opposed to those related to professional development and the generation and use of evidence. These findings provide a valuable summative overview of the relationship between the Diploma of Nursing and the expectations of the registered nurse role.

Item ID: 40567
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2158-2440
Keywords: alternative pathways, baccalaureate nursing programs, diploma of nursing, enrolled nurse to registered nurse transition, undergraduate nursing education
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Funders: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council, Commonwealth Department of Industry
Projects and Grants: ANMF Nurse Pathways Project, Commonwealth Department of Industry Aged Care Workforce Innovation Project
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 00:04
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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