Getting that piece of paper : mental health nurses' experience of undertaking doctoral studies in Victoria, Australia

Welch, Tony, Happell, Brenda, & Edward, Karen-Leigh (2010) Getting that piece of paper : mental health nurses' experience of undertaking doctoral studies in Victoria, Australia. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 24(3), pp. 145-154.

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The aim of this study was to explore the experience of mental health nurses undertaking doctoral studies. The study was conducted in Victoria, Australia. A descriptive exploratory approach to inquiry was used for this study. Participants were mental health nurses who had successfully completed a doctoral qualification. Eligibility for inclusion required participants to be residing in Victoria (irrespective of where their doctoral studies were undertaken) and to have conducted their research within the domain of mental health and/or currently employed in the field of mental health nursing. Of the 20 potential participants invited, 16 accepted the invitation. Five emergent themes were explicated from narrative analyses. These themes were being a trail blazer, positioning for professional advancement, achieving a balance between competing priorities, maintaining a commitment to the development of the profession, and a point of affirmation. An understanding of the experience of undertaking doctoral studies can be used to influence the development of strategies to encourage more mental health nurses to consider undertaking a doctoral degree.

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ID Code: 37699
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mental health, nurses, experience, doctoral studies
DOI: 10.1016/j.apnu.2009.04.005
ISSN: 0883-9417
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 04 Oct 2010 21:40
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:17

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