The captive market in nurse education and the displacement of nursing knowledge

Corbett, Kevin (1998) The captive market in nurse education and the displacement of nursing knowledge. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 28 (3) . pp. 524-531. ISSN 0309-2402 [Article] (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.1998.00802.x)


This paper develops a framework of empowerment within which to examine the commissioning process for nurse education arising from market reform of the British National Health Service (NHS). The paper argues that an imbalance in this commissioning process favours theoretical products, such as the diploma-level nursing curricula (Project 2000). Also, the university setting of nurse education is seen as clinically de-skilling both nurse teachers and student nurses as well as influencing the discourses on clinical skills. The paper further argues that the effects of such trends are a captive market in nurse education contracting and a displacement of nursing knowledge. An approach to commissioning nurse education is described which may counter such trends and positively impact on NHS organizational development and quality. Further reform of the commissioning process is described in context of pragmatic health legislation.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 17688
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Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2015 15:52
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