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Doctoral graduates in mental health nursing in Victoria, Australia : the doctoral experience and contribution to scholarship

Happell, Brenda, Edward, Karen-Leigh and Welch, Tony 2008, Doctoral graduates in mental health nursing in Victoria, Australia : the doctoral experience and contribution to scholarship, International journal of mental health nursing, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 270-278.

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Title Doctoral graduates in mental health nursing in Victoria, Australia : the doctoral experience and contribution to scholarship
Author(s) Happell, Brenda
Edward, Karen-Leigh
Welch, Tony
Journal name International journal of mental health nursing
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 270
End page 278
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Science Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2008-08
ISSN 1445-8330
1447-0349
Summary The last decade has seen a substantial increase in the number of psychiatric or mental health nurses in Victoria, Australia who hold doctoral qualifications. The literature refers to the importance of scholarship for the professional development and recognition of nursing as a discipline. However, there is a paucity of literature addressing the contribution of nursing doctoral graduates to scholarship in mental health nursing or indeed the broader nursing profession. This paper presents the findings from a survey of psychiatric nurse doctoral graduates currently residing in the State of Victoria. A questionnaire was developed by the authors and distributed to the known doctoral graduates. The main findings demonstrate considerable variation in the discipline and topic of inquiry and in the extent to which doctoral studies had led to dissemination of research findings and engagement in further scholarly activity. The strengthening of mental health nursing knowledge requires scholarship and doctoral graduates are expected to make a major contribution, through research and the dissemination of findings. This paper presents a descriptive overview of doctoral graduates in one State of Australia with a particular focus on research and scholarship.
Language eng
Field of Research 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920209 Mental Health Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018028

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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