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letter Scholarship in nursing: what really counts?

Scholarship in nursing is a concept that supposedly defines and captures the nature and scope of nursing contributions to knowledge generation and knowledge testing. So what does scholarship in nursing really mean? How do we quantify it? What are the indicators of scholarship?

Until recently, few nursing scholars would disagree that, by virtue of its literal meaning, scholarship is about intellectual contributions to a given profession or discipline. However, in recent years, we have noted disconcerting opinions suggesting that research funding is the primary criterion for defining scholarship. Although research funding plays a pivotal role in facilitating the development of new knowledge, we should not lose sight of what constitutes scholarship. Both the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) adopted Boyer’s model (Boyer 1990) as the framework that defines


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