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From apprentices to academics: are nurses catching up?

Roberts, Kathryn L. and Turnbull, Beverley J. (2002). From apprentices to academics: are nurses catching up?. Collegian,9(1):24-30.

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Title From apprentices to academics: are nurses catching up?
Author Roberts, Kathryn L.
Turnbull, Beverley J.
Journal Name Collegian
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1322-7696   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 24
End Page 30
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Field of Research 1110 - Nursing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract In comparison to other disciplines, Australian nursing has only come relatively lately to academia. Traditionally, academic qualifications were not viewed as necessary for nurses. The movement of nursing education to the tertiary sector has seen many changes from the traditional apprenticeship model and the characteristics of nurse-academics reflect these. The researchers identified changes that have occurred in the last five years in nurse-academics' qualifications, academic rank and links between them. It is clear that the goalposts for nurse academics have moved, with a master's degree now standard for Lecturer Level B and a doctorate for Level D. Other findings show a strong link between movement (transfer), increased qualifications and promotion. Females were more likely than males to have increased their qualifications and to be promoted. In terms of academic qualifications in the whole system, female nurse-academics have caught up with their counterparts in the former CAE sector. Male nurse-academics have parity with female nurse-academics but not with males in the system generally. The study shows the great strides that Australian nurse-academics have made in the five years preceding the end of the old millenium but illustrates that they and female academics generally have not yet caught up to their male colleagues.
Keywords qualifications
academic rank
gender
nurse-academics
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60041-4   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
Additional Notes Postprint pages 1-30


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