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The creation and enhancement of a nurse academic’s professional identity within the tertiary sector

Houlis-Berry, Kamaree (2016) The creation and enhancement of a nurse academic’s professional identity within the tertiary sector. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

What constitutes the professional identity of a nurse academic is ambiguous at best as there is little, if any, guidance for those who seek to be employed or are employed in the tertiary sector. The importance of specific accounts of experiences of nurse academics in Australia including their successes, disappointments and the influences of the social and political contexts in which they work provide the basis for this study to explore the tensions and challenges facing academics in order to acknowledge and support their professional identity.

This PhD study analyses how the creation and enhancement of a nurse academic’s professional identity is understood and promoted by tertiary institutions, the profession and most importantly nurse academics who are either engaged in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs or those nurses seeking an academic career. A mixed method approach is used in this study in which 24 participants employed as nurse academics from Lecturer A to Lecturer E from five Australian universities were interviewed in person over 21 months1 (September 2007 to July 2009) using one hour interviews and a university profile questionnaire.

The analysis of the questionnaires and participant interviews challenged the understanding of what constitutes the professional identity of nurse academics. The thesis highlights that professional identity is complex to define and understand and draws attention to the influences and key elements that create and enhance the professional identity of a nurse academic. The production and dissemination of this knowledge will seek to inform the profession, tertiary and clinical sector, current academics and those seeking to enter the nurse academic specialty in order to promote the professional identity of a nurse academic in the tertiary sector.

Publication Type: Thesis (PhD)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Supervisor: De Reuck, Jennifer and Trotter, James
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/35054
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