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Developing the role of Swedish advanced practice nurse (APN) through a blended learning master's program: consequences of knowledge organisation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2018 (English)In: Nurse Education in Practice, ISSN 1471-5953, E-ISSN 1873-5223, Vol. 28, p. 196-201Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on a research study conducted with a group of nurses in Sweden enrolled in a newly developed blended learning master's programme to become advanced practice nurses (APNs). As background, the paper presents the regional needs the programme is intended to address and describes how the programme was designed. The aim was to understand how, from students' perspective, the nurse master's programme structured knowledge for their future position as APNs. The research question focuses on how the master's programme prepares students by meeting their diverse needs for knowledge. Empirical material was collected at two times during the students' first and second years of study through semi-structured qualitative interviews. The findings highlight the process in which these master's students gained a more advanced identity of becoming APNs. This process demonstrates how students perceive their current position as nurses based on a discourse of knowledge in relation to the practical and theoretical knowledge they encounter in the master's programme. This article concludes by recommending that attention should be paid to developing APN role models in the current Swedish healthcare system.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 28, p. 196-201
Keywords [en]
qualitative, advanced practice nurse, knowledge structures, master's programme, blended learning
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Pedagogical Work Nursing
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educational work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141552DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2017.10.030ISI: 000427210000033PubMedID: 29126056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-141552DiVA, id: diva2:1155380
Available from: 2017-11-07 Created: 2017-11-07 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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