Memorial University's School of Nursing has launched a website to highlight its new Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing program due to begin this September 2013.
The site has information about the program's scope and curriculum, as well as admission requirements and information about faculty.
The PhD in Nursing program is a first for Memorial, and builds on successful graduate programs now offered at the masters level.
Offering a PhD in Nursing program is part of Dean Judith McFetridge-Durdle's vision for Memorial's School of Nursing.
"The PhD in Nursing program signals to the discipline of nursing that the Memorial University School of Nursing has come of age and is ready to stand next to the other 15 schools and faculties of nursing in Canada with PhD programs. It's evidence that the school is prepared to contribute to the academy by producing doctoral prepared scholars, educators, researchers and leaders."
Dr. McFetridge-Durdle also noted it will help the school attract and retain PhD-prepared faculty, something that's getting harder to do. "PhD-prepared nursing faculty in Canada are in high demand and 50 per cent of these faculty are over the age of 50 years."
In fact, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) predicts that by 2022 there will also be almost 60,000 nursing positions in the country unfilled if present trends continue. In most provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador, nurses are required to have a baccalaureate degree. This has increased enrollments in schools of nursing across Canada and more faculty are needed to teach those future nurses.
"The PhD in Nursing program at Memorial was developed to address the impending shortage of nursing faculty and to generate nursing leaders to address provincial, national and international challenges in healthcare," noted Dr. McFetridge-Durdle.
The new program will ultimately influence nursing practice, improve patient care, and have a positive impact on the quality of health care in Newfoundland and Labrador.