What is the purpose of nurse education (and what should it be)?

COLLIER‐SEWELL, Freya and MONTEUX, Sebastian (2024). What is the purpose of nurse education (and what should it be)? Nursing Inquiry.

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Can we take the purpose of nurse education for granted, and, more importantly, should we? That is the issue at stake in this paper. The question of purpose is conspicuously absent in the nursing literature; our aim here is to urge that it not be overlooked by demonstrating its importance to the future of nursing. We approach the question of nurse education's purpose in concrete and speculative terms through two distinct yet interrelated questions: what is the purpose of nurse education? and what should it be? Amidst the complexity and uncertainty of our time, we cast doubt on the adequacy of manualised and regulated approaches—ubiquitous in nurse education—to prepare nurses who can meet the challenges of contemporary practice. We also assert that transgressive approaches to education, as the antithesis of manualisation, reach the same impasse by (over)predetermining what the educational ‘output’ will be. To move beyond this impasse, we draw on the theory of Gert Biesta and Ron Barnett to contrast cultivation and existential‐type education. In so doing, we do not seek to provide ‘answers’ to nurse education's purpose but, rather, raise the profile of what we believe is a right and proper question for the discipline to grapple with.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: VoR ** From Wiley via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for VoR version of this article: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: issn 1320-7881; issn 1440-1800 **Article IDs: publisher-id: nin12640 **History: published_online 29-04-2024; accepted 24-03-2024; rev-recd 18-03-2024; submitted 12-12-2023
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional identity, standards, Biesta, curriculum development, pedagogy, nurse education, competency‐based, regulation
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12640
SWORD Depositor: Colin Knott
Depositing User: Colin Knott
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 15:17
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 15:17
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33646

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