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An Innovative Approach to Onboarding and Supporting Adjunct Faculty in Nursing

Kemery, Dana C.; Serembus, Joanne Farley

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000353

In recent years, online graduate nursing programs throughout the United States have seen unprecedented growth that has resulted in a greater need for adjunct faculty who can adequately teach in an online format. Frequently, adjunct faculty are not prepared to teach online as they are not offered the necessary continued support in their roles. Through the development of an onboarding program, barriers for teaching online were eliminated. The program is supported by a faculty learning community and continuous professional development workshops. These resources support adjunct faculty at various stages of their professional development and allow for collaborative exchange.

About the Authors Dana C. Kemery, EdD, RN, CNE, CEN, CPEN, is an assistant clinical professor, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Joanne Farley Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN, CNE, is an associate clinical professor, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. For more information, contact Dr. Serembus at

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The authors have declared no conflict of interest.

Online date: July 10, 2018

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