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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cathy Greer, MS, RN (Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: For anyone pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing, this book provides insight into program selection, whether it be PhD, EdD, or DNS.
Purpose: The authors provide results from an extensive study of doctoral students with qualitative and quantitative data and other pertinent literature to "explore the meaning of doctoral education in nursing." The student's perspective about the diversity of available programs, research and publication preparation, mentoring, role definition, and curriculum is explored. The objective is completed through presentation of data and narrative comments.
Audience: The target audience is "anyone considering pursuing a doctoral degree in nursing." The authors began investigating this study as doctoral students in 1989. This book is a result of an expanded continuation of the original investigation.
Features: Multiple personal narratives convey heartfelt encouragement and frustration experienced by doctoral nursing students. Relevant topics are frankly discussed while exploring current trends. An extensive appendix includes a chronological listing of select dissertation topics from 1990 to 1994 according to topic.
Assessment: The book offers pertinent information to the target audience of prospective doctoral students in nursing in an easy-to-read manner. The contents would be very helpful for introducing prospective students to the formal/informal doctoral chronology, terminology, and protocol.