The purpose of academic advising is to guide students in developing educational goals that will enable them to achieve their life aspirations. Given its importance, academic advising has received little attention in nursing literature. The author traces the history of academic advising, identifies the roles and characteristics of an effective advisor, and suggests a course of action that will enable faculty to improve their advising.
Author Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Winona State University, Minnesota.
Correspondence: Winona State University, PO Box 5838, Stark 331, Winona, MN 55987 (email@example.com).