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Nurse Educ Today. 2009 Aug;29(6):607-11. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.01.012. Epub 2009 Feb 27.

Developing professional identity in nursing academics: the role of communities of practice.

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School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. n.andrew@gcal.ac.uk

Abstract

This paper analyses the current standing of nursing within the wider United Kingdom (UK) higher education (HE) environment and considers the development of academic identity within the sector, introducing a technology mediated approach to professional learning and development. A community of practice (CoP) is a way of learning based on collaboration among peers. Individuals come together virtually or physically, with a common purpose, defined by knowledge rather than task [Wenger, E., 1998. Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning and Identity, sixth ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge]. In 2008, a small team of academics at Glasgow Caledonian University, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health created and implemented iCoP, a project undertaken to pilot an international CoP, where novices and expert academics collaborated to debate and discuss the complex transition from clinician to academic. Although not intended as a conventional research project, the developmental journey and emerging online discussion provide an insight into the collective thoughts and opinions of a multi-national group of novice academics. The article also highlights the key challenges, problems and limitations of working in an international online arena with professionals who traditionally work and thrive in a face to face, real time environment.

PMID:
19250718
DOI:
10.1016/j.nedt.2009.01.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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