The purpose of this study was to describe insights gained by academic nursing faculty after shadowing one of their new graduate nurses.
Shadowing experiences have been successfully used to orient students and new nurses to the role and reality of clinical practice. However, no studies were found on the experience of faculty shadowing a new graduate. This study addressed that gap.
A case series design and methodology used both qualitative and quantitative data collection procedures. Qualitative data were derived from faculty during a debriefing session; quantitative data were obtained from a short survey completed by new graduates and faculty.
Faculty identified challenges faced by new graduates and opportunities to modify their nursing programs by addressing patient care delivery, time management, communication, and role ambiguity in more detail.
A shadowing experience for academic faculty leaders can help bridge the academic-practice gap and promote collaborative efforts to improve preparation for practice.