Developing professional identity in nursing academics: the role of communities of practice

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  • Nicky Andrew
  • Dorothy Ferguson
  • George Wilkie
  • Terry Corcoran
  • Liz Simpson

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-611
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education Today
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2009


This paper analyses the current standing of nursing within the wider United Kingdom (UK) higher education (HE) environment and considers the development of academic identity within the sector, introducing a technology mediated approach to professional learning and development. A community of practice (CoP) is a way of learning based on collaboration among peers. Individuals come together virtually or physically, with a common purpose, defined by knowledge rather than task [Wenger, E., 1998. Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning and Identity, sixth ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge].


  • nursing academics, nursing education, communities of practice

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