Building on Wenger: communities of practice in nursing

Nurse Educ Today. 2008 Feb;28(2):246-52. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2007.05.002. Epub 2007 Jun 27.


Communities of practice (CoPS) provide a potentially useful practice based framework for constructing work based collaborative learning and promoting engagement with local and professional groups and communities. In nursing, we have, increasingly, to manage and deploy new and existing knowledge, although CoPs are currently not widely used to do this. This paper debates the framework created by Wenger and reviews the role of the CoP as an innovative way for educators and practitioners to collaborate to develop and manage new knowledge and emerging practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Education, Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations