Third-level nurse education: learning from the Irish experience

Ryan, Denis (2008) Third-level nurse education: learning from the Irish experience. British Journal of Nursing, 17 (22). pp. 1402-1407. ISSN 09660461


Nursing and nurse education is rapidly changing internationally. The profession and the different branches of practice have moved in a relatively short period of time from a 'handmaiden' status to have an evolving professional standing as equal members of interdisciplinary teams. This has coincided with the evolving trend to locate nurse training programmes within the higher education sector. Differing models of nurse preparation exist internationally, but there is an inexorable trend to higher education. Ireland has moved away from traditional 'hospital-based' schools of nursing in the past decade or so to a system of universal preparation of nurses within higher education structures. Unlike many other countries, entry to any branch of nursing in Ireland now requires honours degree level education. It seems timely, therefore, to consider the lessons that can be learned from this development and consider the key challenges that face nursing, the healthcare system and the higher education system as a result of this development. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of British Journal of Nursing is the property of MA Healthcare Limited and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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