The McDonaldization of nursing education in Australia: a grounded theory study on designing undergraduate nursing curricula in the context of national accreditation

Ralph, Nicholas (2013) The McDonaldization of nursing education in Australia: a grounded theory study on designing undergraduate nursing curricula in the context of national accreditation. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]


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Under the auspices of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) was established in 2010 to set standards for and accredit programs of nursing education under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. The national accreditation process is central to promoting and protecting the health of the Australian community as it is the chief means of assessing whether a program of study and/or education provider affords a person who completes the program with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to register as a nurse in Australia. For such a significant undertaking, it is remarkable that the accreditation of nursing education and its impact on the design of undergraduate pre-registration nursing curricula is largely untouched in the literature.

This research investigates the process of curriculum design in undergraduate nursing curricula and the role national accreditation plays in informing it. Grounded theory provides a methodological framework for this study that employs a variety of data sources including interviews and written correspondence with curriculum and accreditation stakeholders, along with documents relating to the accreditation process. By arriving at an explanatory theory of how curriculum design is conducted in the context of national accreditation processes, this study enhances the validity of the accreditation process and promotes quality in undergraduate nursing education across Australia.

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Additional Information: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, Monash University. Under the Copyright Act 1968, this thesis must be used only under the normal conditions of scholarly fair dealing. In particular no results or conclusions should be extracted from it, nor should it be copied or closely paraphrased in whole or in part without the written consent of the author. Proper written acknowledgement should be made for any assistance obtained from this thesis.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Supervisors: Cross, Wendy; Birks, Melanie; Chapman, Ysanne
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2015 02:55
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2015 06:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing education; accreditation; curriculum design; undergraduate nursing curricula
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified

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