The changing role and work of British nurse tutors: a study within two demonstration Project 2000 districts


  • Sada Camiah MPhil BEd(Hons) RGN RNT CertEd(FE)

    1. Senior Lecturer Department of Acute Health, Midwifery and Women's Studies, University of Luton, Britannia Road, Bedford MK42 9DJ, England
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This study was designed to describe the main changes in the role and work of nurse tutors brought about by Project 2000 initiatives, with a view to exploring what the work of nurse tutors would be in the future It was centred upon two demonstration Project 2000 districts, chosen to provide contrasts Data were collected over a 15-month period from a range of stake-holders, but with the priority on nurse tutors themselves, using semi-structured individual and group interviews The results showed that, in future, the role and work of nurse tutors would adapt to reflect the integration into a higher educational environment The main changes expected include alternative approaches to teaching and learning, for example student-centred teaching and open modes of study, greater subject specialization, more teaching across ‘schools’, larger class involvement, more effective educational organization and management, closer liaison with the service provider units, and more effective time management The study found that nurse tutors would be required to diversify their work through new initiatives, to undertake consultancy and research and to compete more for resources — developments which were not universally welcomed