Academic levels in nursing

Authors

  • Bryn D Davis BSc PhD RGN RMN RNT,

    Professor of Nursing Education and Dean of the School of Nursing Studies, Corresponding author
    1. School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, Wales
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  • Philip Burnard MSc PhD RGN RMN DipN Cert Ed RNT

    Director of Postgraduate Nursing Studies
    1. School of Nursing Studies, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, Wales
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Professor B D Davis Dean of Nursing Studies University of Wales College of Medicine, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XN Wales

Abstract

With the developments of new academic courses in nursing comes the need for a debate about educational levels This paper offers a discussion of some of the issues involved in such a debate and draws upon data collected from professors of nursing in the United Kingdom, masters students in a Dutch college and from the American literature on the topic The need to be able to distinguish between diploma, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees is highlighted and various suggestions about how such distinctions may be made are offered

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