Moving Beyond the Problem: Using Cultural Theory to Transform Nursing Education and Practice

Prof. Margaret McAllister
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The world is facing a chronic and persistent shortage of nurses. Critical social theory can help to understand why nurses are leaving the system. It can also point to solutions. Education in Higher Education has an opportunity to lead the way in changing this dire situation by shifting to a transformative approach for teaching students how to nurse, and how to move beyond practices that maintain their marginalised and dissatisfying status within the health system. This paper will describe, illustrate and critique the processes used in the 5 years that the program has been running.

Keywords: Critical social theory, Nursing education, Transformative Learning
Stream: Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Moving Beyond the Problem

Prof. Margaret McAllister

Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Griffith University, Griffith University


Associate Professor Margaret McAllister is widely published in education and nursing and has recently produced a book on solution focused nursing. She has particular expertise in therapeutic responses to self-injury and in critical social theory.She is a registered nurse, with psychiatric nursing endorsement, a fellow of the ANZCMHN, and a member of the Australian Association for Research in Education. Margaret has degrees in cultural theory, political science and education. Currently Margaret teaches psychosocial and mental health, supervises 4 PhD students and is working on a book on clinical education.

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