Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 27(2) June 2014 : 27-34.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2014.23839
Leadership Perspective

Baccalaureate Nursing Education: Has It Delivered? A Retrospective Critique

Em M. Pijl-Zieber, Sonya Grypma and Sylvia Barton


Despite political support for the baccalaureate degree as entry to practice, historical concerns over nursing education – the value of education versus service, professional versus vocational identity and theoretical versus practical knowledge – persist. The authors challenge the notion of a "two-tiered" nursing system and call for a nationwide curriculum review to help the profession adapt to the changing needs of the Canadian healthcare system.




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