My name is Odessa Petit dit Dariel, RN, MSN, PhD candidate (University of Nottingham, UK). I am half American/half French and completed my nurse education in the US. I have recently returned to live in France to contribute to the development of nursing in my country. As many of you are aware, France only began recognising nurse education at a ‘bachelors’ level in 2009 and the department in which I work is the first to offer a Masters of Science in Nursing (Département des Sciences Infirmières et Paramédicales de l’École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique).
I have joined this forum because I was hoping to get some information on the status of Nursing as ‘Discipline.’ Is it officially and formally recognised by other disciplines as a discipline in its own right, and if so what were the criteria and the process that led to this recognition?
The US, in my humble opinion, is the country that has been leading the way toward recognising nursing as an academic profession (and a Discipline?). However, I am certain there are a number of other countries which have also made significant progress in this department and I was hoping to compare and contrast in order to identify the benchmarks necessary for moving in the direction of getting nursing recognised as a discipline in France.
My department is seeking guidance from other countries to move our profession forward as we are meeting a lot of resistance from our Department of Health and Department of Education. We would like to present some evidence to support and justify our movement to be recognised as a DISCIPLINE.
I would be very grateful for any information you might be able to provide me.
I thank you in advance for your help.