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Leaders may escape degree demand


in the ('good') old days nurses climbed up the career ladder into management positions. the nature of the work that nursing involved and the experience and skills they gained was expected to give them the required skills for posts of responsibility. however, management in organisations has become far more complex as has the managerial role of nurses and nursing care itself with its extended roles and with the introduction of IT, more complex technology and evidence based medicine and nursing care. It can be argued that nurses in management training now need a university degree and preferably at master's level where the courses offer them a theoretical background and development of the required skills in resource management, organisational psychology, medical law and ethics, a philosophical understanding of nursing care and nursing models, critical thinking and the ability to appraise and implement the evidence from reasearch studies on nursing care. If nursing was an all graduate profession nurses in training would get a good grounding in this theoretical background so that they later had the choice of whether to take this academic route into management. It is hard to see what alternatives there may be to this option in order to stay afloat successfully in all the diverse and complex issues involved with nursing management

Posted date

20 September, 2010

Posted time

11:25 am