Paramedic academics in Australia and New Zealand: The 'no man's land' of professional identity

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Munro, Graham G., O'Meara, Peter and Mathisen, Bernice. 2018. "Paramedic academics in Australia and New Zealand: The 'no man's land' of professional identity." Nurse Education in Practice. 33, pp. 33-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2018.08.006
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Paramedic academics in Australia and New Zealand: The 'no man's land' of professional identity

ERA Journal ID14139
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMunro, Graham G., O'Meara, Peter and Mathisen, Bernice
Journal TitleNurse Education in Practice
Journal Citation33, pp. 33-36
YearNov 2018
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1471-5953
1873-5223
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2018.08.006
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1471595317304171
Abstract

Those transitioning from practice to academia can struggle with the perception that they might lose their hard-won and deeply-held professional identity, while grappling with the difficulty of creating an academic identity. This is a common experience for those entering universities with strong clinical identities. Paramedics, as members of an emerging health profession, share these challenges with nursing and allied health professionals. In this study of paramedic academics in Australia and New Zealand, a majority did not consider themselves to still be paramedics on the basis that they were no longer clinically active. Nor did they consider themselves to be academics as most lacked doctoral qualifications and associated scholarly achievements that made them feel worthy of a place in the ‘academy’. This lack of a professional identity as either a paramedic or an academic places them in a ‘no man's land’ of professional identity. Many are unable to effectively fuse their paramedic and academic identities to become comfortable as ‘paramedic academics’. For this to change, there needs to be a partnership between the paramedicine discipline and universities to ensure that paramedics entering academia have a recognised and valued career pathway and are better prepared to make the transition to academia.

KeywordsAcademics; Paramedics; Professional identity; Conflict
Article Publishing Charge (APC) FundingOther
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420199. Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified
420210. Social epidemiology
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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La Trobe University
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