Choosing a research higher degree supervisor: a framework for nurses

Wendy Abigail, Pauline Hill

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    Nursing is a relatively new discipline in research with a small number of registered nurses holding a research higher degree (RHD). Entry into RHD study for nurses is often via a less direct route than the traditional bachelor’s degree through honours to PhD pathway. The supervisor-candidate relationship is an important factor in RHD completions and the perception of a quality experience by RHD candidates. A comprehensive search of the electronic literature was conducted to investigate recommendations for nursing RHD candidates to consider when searching for a supervisor. Thematic analysis of the literature found three main themes: assessing the RHD supervisor’s background, personality and management style. Based on the identified themes, recommendations included a list of concepts for the RHD candidate to investigate in relation to themselves and the supervisor. The function of choosing an appropriate supervisor is one of the most important steps a candidate will make. By investigating supervisors’ suitability, nursing RHD candidates may avoid potential issues in the supervision process that could impact on their successful timely completion of their PhD.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7-25
    Number of pages19
    JournalQuality in Higher Education
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015


    • candidate
    • nurse
    • quality
    • research higher degree
    • supervisor


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