Clinical nurses' perceptions and expectations of the role of doctorally-prepared nurses: A qualitative study in Iran

Mohammad Ali Cheraghi, Melanie Jasper, Mojtaba Vaismoradi

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Abstract

Nurses with doctorates are increasing in number throughout the world, yet the multitude of roles they play following graduation is unclear. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe clinical nurses' perceptions and expectations of the role of doctorally-prepared nurses in Iran. A qualitative study, using a content analysis approach was conducted with 43 clinical nurses chosen using a purposive sampling strategy. Oral, semi-structured and written interviews were used to generate data. During data analysis, three main themes emerged; "advantages of the doctoral degree", "clarification of doctorally-prepared nurses' role in clinical practice", and "unmet expectations of doctorally-prepared nurses". An understanding of the expectations of nurses on the role of doctorally-prepared nurses is needed to improve the collaboration between clinical nurses and doctorally-prepared nurses; remove misunderstandings on the abilities and skills of doctorally-prepared nurses; incorporate the expectations into doctoral education in order to facilitate their collaboration; and also remove the theory and practice gap through the utilisation of doctorally-prepared nurses' knowledge and skills in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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