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Contemp Nurse. 2012 Jun;41(2):206-15. doi: 10.5172/conu.2012.41.2.206.

Drivers for renewal and reform of contemporary nursing curricula: a blueprint for change.

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Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia.


The creation of a curriculum blueprint appropriate to the development of a professional nurse who is practice-ready for the current and future context of health service delivery must take account of the extant context as well as an unpredictable and sometimes ambiguous future. The curriculum renewal process itself ought to challenge existing long held ideals, practices, and sacred cows within the health and higher education sectors. There is much to consider and importantly curriculum developers need to be mindful of reform within the health sector and health workforce education, as well as the concomitant vision and requirements of the nursing profession. Curriculum must develop more than discipline knowledge and skills: it must provide an infrastructure for generic abilities both social and intellectual in order to better prepare students for the registered nurse role. This paper discusses a number of forces that are essential to consider in curriculum development in undergraduate nursing education.

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