PhD Position in Nursing Ethics in Leuven, Belgium

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PhD Position in Nursing Ethics in Leuven, Belgium

Postby jb@icn » 12 Sep 2014, 14:25

lease find below information on a vacancy for a PhD Position in Nursing Ethics in Leuven, Belgium that ICN has been asked to share. The researcher is required to be from a developing country.

In the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law a PhD position is available to work on the project 'Global nursing shortage: the ethical challenge of international nurse migration'.
Global nursing shortage: the ethical challenge of international nurse migration
The Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law (CBMER) is a well established and renowned research centre in Europe. The expertise of the Centre spans a wide variety of disciplines including ethics, law, philosophy and theology. Close links are maintained with various medical and care disciplines. The staff is composed of senior academic researchers (including post-docs) and junior researchers in the different disciplines. Research is organized along the following interdisciplinary research lines: ethical, legal and social aspects of genetics and genomics; ethical and legal aspects of elderly care and end-of-life care; nursing ethics; ethical issues and legal regulation of healthcare professions; ethical and legal issues in organ donation and transplantation.
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The overall aim of this PhD research project is to investigate the ethical, legal and social challenges of addressing the global nursing shortage by means of nurse migration; a solution that is often said to generate and sustain a flow pattern that moves from developing to developed countries such as Belgium. We wish to develop an empirical-ethical framework for understanding and dealing with current and future challenges of nurse migration in a Belgian context. This framework will be based on three pillars: (a) the argument-based literature in this field, (b) (inter)national policies and guidelines, and (c) expert opinions.
To reach this overall aim a set of sub-objectives are put in place:
• To gain insight into foundational ethical concepts and applied ethical reasoning regarding nurse migration (argument-based literature review)
• To identify, collect and critically review currently available national and international policies and guidelines addressing nurse migration (critical review and content analysis)
• To collect detailed information on the ethical, legal and social challenge of nurse migration and its potential gains by investigating expert opinions at a local, national and international level (qualitative study)
• To develop an empirical-ethical framework applicable to the question of nurse migration in Belgium (in-depth ethical analysis and ethical recommendations)
Candidates should have a MA degree in nursing, medicine, philosophy or theology or in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. political science, sociology). They should have a demonstrated interest in healthcare ethics and proven potential to conduct and publish research at an international level. Spoken and written fluency in English is essential.
The applicant must be a citizen of one of the countries on the OECD DAC table that are listed under the following categories: Least Developed Countries, Low Income Countries or Low Middle Income Countries []. The applicant must not possess dual citizenship, where the second citizenship is from an EU country.
The time period between the date of completion of your MA degree and the date of submission of your scholarship application can be no more than ten years.
We offer you a fulltime PhD position for a period of four years. Your office will be at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). The University of Leuven has excellent terms of employment.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Chris Gastmans, tel.: +32 16 37 33 03, mail:
You can apply for this job no later than November 10, 2014 via the
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