Learning Objective 1: describe the context and quality of nursing doctoral education in South Africa from the perspectives of nursing deans, faculty, students and graduates
Learning Objective 2: develop strategies to improve the quality of nursing doctoral education with regards to the doctoral program, resources, faculty and evaluation
Methods: A quantitative and qualitative research design was used along with exploratory, descriptive and contextual research strategies. An e-mail based quality criteria, standards, and indicators (QCSI) survey was distributed to an all inclusive purposive sample of nursing deans, faculty, students and graduates at South African universities which present nursing doctoral education, and semi-structured telephonic interviews were conducted with randomly selected graduates who have completed their studies in the most recent three years.
Results: Findings are in the process of analysis and strategies are being developed, which will be discussed.
Conclusion: The exploration and description of nursing doctoral education provided baseline data of the quality of nursing doctoral education in South Africa, allowing threats to quality to be identified and strategies to improve the quality of doctoral nursing education in South Africa to be developed.