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Thompson, David R; Watson, Roger; Thompson, David R.; Amella, Eliane


David R Thompson

David R. Thompson

Eliane Amella


There is a plethora of routes to obtaining a doctorate in nursing and this arises due to international differences in the modes of study, preparation of the final submission and examination systems. The variety of pathways and outcomes leads to some confusion over the status and purpose of doctorates in nursing. In this paper we review the historical development of the doctorate in nursing and describe the various routes to doctorate in Europe, Australia and the United States. There is much in common between the various routes with increasing evidence of formal elements across the countries studies and, especially in the United Kingdom and the United States, evidence that the fitness for purpose of the doctorate in nursing is being examined and changes being introduced. © 1992-2011 eContent Management.


Watson, R., Thompson, D. R., & Amella, E. (2011). Doctorates and nurses. Contemporary nurse, 38(1-2), 151-159.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 30, 2011
Online Publication Date Dec 17, 2014
Publication Date 2011
Print ISSN 1037-6178
Electronic ISSN 1839-3535
Publisher e-Content Management
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 1-2
Pages 151-159
Keywords nurses; nursing; education; doctoral; doctorate
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