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The origins of current nurse education policy and its implication for nurse educators

Kenny, Gerard


Gerard Kenny


The publication of Fitness for Practice [UKCC Commission for Nursing and Midwifery Education, 1999. Fitness for Practice (Chair Sir Leonard Peach). UKCC, London] in the United Kingdom (UK) came at a time when anxiety was being expressed by UK government and the National Health Service (NHS) over the suitability of newly trained nurses to be 'fit for purpose'. There had been growing disquiet that the education reforms of the 1990s, which had seen nurse education move into higher education, had failed to deliver skilled nurses for the modern healthcare system. Fitness for Practice (loc. cit.) became the driving force behind government's attempts to bring about change nurse education policy. In the process of these reforms, nurse educators were marginalised and portrayed a negative light. The implementation time of the report was one to two years. This makes the policy ripe for discussion and analysis to explore the complexity of its recommendations, and its implications for UK nurse educators within a higher education context. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Kenny, G. (2004). The origins of current nurse education policy and its implication for nurse educators. Nurse Education Today, 24(2), 84-90.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2004
Journal Nurse Education Today
Print ISSN 0260-6917
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 2
Pages 84-90
Keywords paradox, education policy, scientific rationality, competence, holism, public intellectuals
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