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Dr Candy McCabe
Dr Candy McCabe

Press Release - 11 April 2007

‘Employers aren’t giving nurses time to develop careers’

Senior nurses are not being given enough time by their employers to complete the training to enable them to continue their career progression, says the head of one of the UK’s doctorate programmes for healthcare professionals.

This could compromise the ability of senior nurses to continue climbing the career ladder in the future, says Dr Candy McCabe from the School for Health at the University of Bath.

While senior nursing jobs are becoming increasingly structured around formal qualifications, opportunities for nurses to complete their study are restricted by the time employers can provide for them for study, she says.

“We have around 13 students with a nursing background studying for a professional doctorate at the University of Bath, and their commitment to work and study is amazing,” said Dr McCabe, Director of Studies for the Professional Doctorate.

“They already receive good levels of support from their employers, but it is clear that the missing ingredient is the time they need to complete their studies away from the work place.

“Employers want PhD qualifications for their most senior nursing positions – but nobody gets a PhD with two days study a month over four years.”

Dr McCabe, who is herself a nurse and studied part-time for a PhD, has fed these concerns into the consultation being run by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. The UKCRC have proposed the establishment of a range of academic awards that would enable nurses to develop an academic career whilst working in clinical practice.



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