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The technology implications of master's level education in the professionalization of nursing: A narrative inquiry.

Ho, Ken H M; Chow, Susan K Y; Chiang, Vico C L; Wong, Julia S W; Chow, Meyrick C M.
J Adv Nurs; 75(9): 1966-1975, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | Maio 2019 | ID: mdl-31087561
Resumo: AIMS: (a) To explore the meanings of master's education in the professionalization of nursing; and (b) to describe the core attributes that nurses gained through master's study. DESIGN: Narrative inquiry. METHODS: From June 2017 to June 2018, unstructured interviews were conducted with 12 master-prepared nurses at advanced nursing position with minimum 5 years of postregistration experience. Collaborative thematic narrative analysis was conducted on verbatim transcripts. Members checking, peer validation and audience validation assured verisimilitude and utility. RESULTS: There was a need to fit one's own assertion for professional growth in nursing career structure. Master's study equipped nurses with specialty skills and knowledge with enhanced reflexivity, which nurtured morality, problem-solving ability and capacity to collaborate inter-professionally. Master-prepared nurses demonstrated effective clinical leadership through acting as change agents. CONCLUSIONS: Master's level education and master-prepared nurses are instrumental to the professionalization of nursing by expanding the roles of nurses. Nursing career mentoring will maximize nurses' agency in healthcare system. Developing innovative inter-professional pedagogy will nurture the reflexivity of master-prepared nurses.