The aim of this study was to explore how nurses experienced the role transition from clinical expert to part-time clinical faculty member when they worked in both a clinical and academic setting.
In response to the current nurse faculty shortage and the anticipated return of a nationwide shortage of registered nurses, the use of part-time clinical nurse educators has been increasing.
Fourteen RNs were interviewed using online video conferencing for this qualitative phenomenological study.
Study findings revealed seven key themes: different background-different experiences, guidance and support, challenges along the way, maintaining two work roles, influences of prior work experience, influence of personal attributes, and recommendations for successful transition.
This work-role transition was found to be highly individualized and multifactorial. Results of the study may be beneficial in future administrative decision-making.
About the Authors Teresa A. Wenner, EdD, RN, an educator at Grand View Health in Sellerville, Pennsylvania, was a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, when this study was conducted. Amy Cooper Hakim, PhD, doctoral chair at Grand Canyon University, is also a consultant and workplace expert at Cooper Strategic Group, Inc. For more information, contact Dr. Wenner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The authors have declared no conflict of interest.
Online date: February 25, 2019