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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Ed. by Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne / Cragg, Catherine Elizabeth / Goldenberg, Dolly / Iwasiw, Carroll Louise / Maltby, Hendrika J.

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The Undergraduate Education of Nurses: Looking to the Future

Josephine Hegarty1 / Ella Walsh2 / Carol Condon3 / John Sweeney4

1University College Cork,

2University College Cork,

3University College Cork,

4University College Cork,

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. Volume 6, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.1684, June 2009

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2009-06-08

Societal change historically has presented many challenges for nursing. The challenge to nurse educators is to ensure that professional education remains relevant and keeps abreast of both societal and healthcare changes. These challenges include globalization, changing patient characteristics, science and information technology advancements, the increasing complexities of healthcare, and recent policy and economic developments. The aim of this paper is to consider possible future societal and healthcare changes and how these may impact the preparation of future graduates in general nursing. A clear understanding of these factors is essential if nursing is to meet the challenges presented by tomorrow's healthcare environment within a global context.

Keywords: nurse; education; curriculum; challenges

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