Editorial: Professors as leaders

Watson, Roger and Thompson, David R. (2008) Editorial: Professors as leaders. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17 8: 981-982. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2007.02248.x

Author Watson, Roger
Thompson, David R.
Title Editorial: Professors as leaders
Journal name Journal of Clinical Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2702
Publication date 2008-04-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2007.02248.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 17
Issue 8
Start page 981
End page 982
Total pages 2
Editor Roger Watson
Place of publication Oxford, U. K.
Publisher Blackwell Science
Language eng
Subject C1
11 Medical and Health Sciences
1103 Clinical Sciences
1110 Nursing
Formatted abstract
One of us (RW) was asked recently to address the role of professors as leaders in the 21st century at an international nursing education conference in Hong Kong and this has stimulated us to think further on this issue. We have addressed the issue of the professoriate in nursing before (Watson & Thompson 2004, Thompson & Watson 2006) and this has drawn criticism and stimulated debate (Rolfe 2007). However, we have largely bemoaned the state of the nursing professoriate, especially in the UK, in terms of the ease with which the title is sometimes obtained and the activities that are purportedly promoted within the role.

The role of the professor of nursing as a leader is to promote scholarship at all levels of their activity and to lead colleagues and the profession, for example, within the academic framework that is unique to universities. Turning again to the NCUP, we agree with their statement that professors are ‘the custodians of the values of University education.’ This alone, in our opinion, justifies the role of professor (of nursing) as leaders in the 21st century.
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Keyword Clinical medicine
Nursing profession
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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