Scaling Up Nurse Education: An Evaluation of a National PhD Capacity Development Programme in South Africa

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602525
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Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Poster
Title:
Scaling Up Nurse Education: An Evaluation of a National PhD Capacity Development Programme in South Africa
Author(s):
Bruce, Judith C.; Mulaudzi, Fhumulani Mavis; Comiskey, Catherine; Matthews, Anne; Williamson, Charmaine; Klopper, Hester C.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Lambda-at-Large
Author Details:
Judith C. Bruce, PhD, RN, RM, Judith.Bruce@wits.ac.za; F. Mavis Mulaudzi, DLittetPhil, RN, RM; Catherine Comiskey; Anne Matthews, RN, RM; Charmaine Williamson; Hester C. Klopper, RN, RM
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, November 7, 2015 and Sunday, November 8, 2015: Background: The global shortage of nursing professionals educated at baccalaureate level and beyond has been highlighted and the impact of this shortage is apparent in each continent. The consequence of this is a substantial shortfall in nurses with postgraduate research degrees to meet the demands of academia, advanced nursing roles and knowledge generation. Within South Africa nursing education outputs do not meet demands, reflecting the global statistic of less than 1% of nurses having a doctoral degree. A national PhD capacity development programme was introduced to scale up nurse education and to address these nursing shortages. Objective: To evaluate a national PhD programme within the context of a nurse education strategy and a national health insurance plan in South Africa. Design: A comparative effectiveness research (CER) design was employed. Setting: The setting was in South Africa between 2012 and 2014, a country with 51.7 million inhabitants and approximately 130,000 registered nurses. Participants: Participants included three cohorts of PhD candidates, programme facilitators, supervisors and key stakeholders. Methods: Data from a one day consultative workshop were analysed using an inductive thematic analysis. Data from evaluation reports, compiled over a three year period, were analysed using descriptive statistics. 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.
Keywords:
Capacity development; PhD; Nurse education
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15LD1.2
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePosteren
dc.titleScaling Up Nurse Education: An Evaluation of a National PhD Capacity Development Programme in South Africaen
dc.contributor.authorBruce, Judith C.en
dc.contributor.authorMulaudzi, Fhumulani Mavisen
dc.contributor.authorComiskey, Catherineen
dc.contributor.authorMatthews, Anneen
dc.contributor.authorWilliamson, Charmaineen
dc.contributor.authorKlopper, Hester C.en
dc.contributor.departmentTau Lambda-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsJudith C. Bruce, PhD, RN, RM, Judith.Bruce@wits.ac.za; F. Mavis Mulaudzi, DLittetPhil, RN, RM; Catherine Comiskey; Anne Matthews, RN, RM; Charmaine Williamson; Hester C. Klopper, RN, RMen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602525en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, November 7, 2015 and Sunday, November 8, 2015: Background: The global shortage of nursing professionals educated at baccalaureate level and beyond has been highlighted and the impact of this shortage is apparent in each continent. The consequence of this is a substantial shortfall in nurses with postgraduate research degrees to meet the demands of academia, advanced nursing roles and knowledge generation. Within South Africa nursing education outputs do not meet demands, reflecting the global statistic of less than 1% of nurses having a doctoral degree. A national PhD capacity development programme was introduced to scale up nurse education and to address these nursing shortages. Objective: To evaluate a national PhD programme within the context of a nurse education strategy and a national health insurance plan in South Africa. Design: A comparative effectiveness research (CER) design was employed. Setting: The setting was in South Africa between 2012 and 2014, a country with 51.7 million inhabitants and approximately 130,000 registered nurses. Participants: Participants included three cohorts of PhD candidates, programme facilitators, supervisors and key stakeholders. Methods: Data from a one day consultative workshop were analysed using an inductive thematic analysis. Data from evaluation reports, compiled over a three year period, were analysed using descriptive statistics. 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
dc.subjectCapacity developmenten
dc.subjectPhDen
dc.subjectNurse educationen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:30:56Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:30:56Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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