Scaling up nurse education : an evaluation of a national PhD capacity development programme in South Africa, in the context of the global shortage of nursing graduates

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dc.contributor.author Comiskey, Catherine M.
dc.contributor.author Matthews, Anne
dc.contributor.author Williamson, Charmaine
dc.contributor.author Bruce, Judith
dc.contributor.author Mulaudzi, Fhumulani Mavis
dc.contributor.author Klopper, Hester
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-01T07:57:38Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-01T07:57:38Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : The global shortage of nursing professionals educated at baccalaureate level and beyond has been highlighted. WithinAmerica, services are preparing to treat an additional 32million individuals under theHealth ReformBill.Within South Africa nursing education outputs do not meet demands. Countries are addressing these shortages by developing advanced nurse roles which require research degrees. OBJECTIVE : To evaluate a national PhD programmewithin the context of a nurse education strategy and a national health insurance plan. DESIGN : A comparative effectiveness research design was employed. SETTING : The setting was in South Africa between 2011 and 2013, a county with 51.7 million inhabitants. PARTICIPANTS : Participants included PhD candidates, programme facilitators, supervisors and key stakeholders. METHODS : Data from a one day workshop was analysed using an inductive thematic analysis. Three years of evaluation reports were analysed. A mapping of the alignment of the PhD topics with healthcare priorities, and a comparison of the development of nurse education, of the national and international funder were conducted. RESULTS : The evaluation reports rated the programme highly. Three themes were identified from the workshop. These were, “support” with the sub-themes of burden, leveraging and a physical supportive place; “planning” with the sub-themes of the national context and practice, and “quality” with the sub-themes of processes and monitoring and evaluation. The mapping of PhD topics revealed that research was in line with development priorities. However, further investment and infrastructural changes were necessary to sustain the programme and its impact. CONCLUSIONS : To address sustainability and capacity in nations scaling up nurse education and healthcare insurance, it was recommended that top-up degrees for diploma educated nurses be developed along with, the implementation of a national nursing strategy for PhD and post-doctoral training encompassing clinical practice implementation and collaboration. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-05-30 en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The Santrust PhD Proposal Development Programmes are funded by Irish Aid, South Africa and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Comiskey, CM, Matthews, A, Williamson, C, Bruce, J, Mulaudzi, M & Klopper, H 2015, 'Scaling up nurse education : an evaluation of a national PhD capacity development programme in South Africa, in the context of the global shortage of nursing graduates', Nurse Education Today, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 647-652. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0260-6917 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1532-2793 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.01.003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/45840
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Nurse Education Today resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Nurse Education Today, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 647-652, 2015. doi :10.1016/j.nedt.2015.01.003 en_ZA
dc.subject Capacity en_ZA
dc.subject Development en_ZA
dc.subject Education en_ZA
dc.subject Ireland en_ZA
dc.subject Nursing en_ZA
dc.subject PhD en_ZA
dc.subject Strategy en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Scaling up nurse education : an evaluation of a national PhD capacity development programme in South Africa, in the context of the global shortage of nursing graduates en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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