Developing the nurse professional and nurse education for the 21st century

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


The purpose of this portfolio was to establish what educational strategies would enhance the professional education for the nurse of the future. Through an examination of various contemporary educational theorists' work. a conceptual framework was developed using the concepts of Hargreaves (2003) as an overarching model to establish the current positioning of nursing and nursing education in the knowledge society. The preparation ofa nurse who can function effectively and efficiently within a rapidly changing health workplace relies heavily on educational preparation that includes the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate for the role. This portfolio has examined critical aspects of nursing and nurse education in relation to the development of these necessary areas for future nurse professionals.

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