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Are all doctorates equal or are some "more equal than others"? An examination of which ones should be offered by schools of nursing.

Kirkman, S., Thompson, D.R., Watson, R. and Stewart, S. (2007) Are all doctorates equal or are some "more equal than others"? An examination of which ones should be offered by schools of nursing. Nurse Education in Practice, 7 (2). pp. 61-6. ISSN 1873-5223

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Abstract

This paper examines the typical and varying routes to doctoral degrees in the UK and other developed countries. It raises the important question of whether university schools of nursing should offer a whole range of options with the potential for sub-optimal higher degree training and therefore "mediocre" academics, or resist the "path of least resistance" and offer more limited pathways that ensure that only the highest quality training and candidates are associated with what should be the pinnacle of the profession. As such, it seeks to clarify which of the commonly offered routes to doctoral degrees might be most suited to the academic integrity and value of the profession to our patients and the health care system.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2010 16:40
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2010 16:40
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2006.06.006
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.nepr.2006.06.006
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10451

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