Certificate-trained staff nurses' perceptions of the changes in nursing education in Ireland from certificate to diploma level

Brady, Dympna and Hyde, Abbey (2002) Certificate-trained staff nurses' perceptions of the changes in nursing education in Ireland from certificate to diploma level. pp. 231-7. ISSN 0022-0124

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Official URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12269762

Abstract

Over the past decade, nursing education in Ireland has experienced revolutionary changes, during which the hospital-based apprenticeship certificate model of nurse training was replaced with a college (diploma level) education model. This article reports on a qualitative study that explored traditionally trained staff nurses' perceptions of their role in the facilitation of learning for diploma students in clinical contexts and their attitudes toward such students. A central issue that emerged was participants' perceptions of the diploma program vis-a-vis the traditional apprenticeship training to which they themselves had been exposed. Guided by the strategy of grounded theory, in-depth interviews were conducted with 16 participants, and interview transcripts were analyzed. Three subthemes emerged: feeling the old way was best, confusion and uncertainty, and acceptance of change. These subthemes reflect the finding that although certificate-trained staff nurses thought the traditional apprenticeship model of educating nurses was superior and expressed confusion and uncertainty about the concept of supernumerary status, a sense of acceptance of change also mediated their accounts.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 02:35
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/1823

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