ArticlesDescriptive Analysis of Newly Hired Academic Nurse Educator Onboarding PracticesHansbrough, Wendy PhD, RN, CNE; Dunker, Kimberly DNP, RN, CNE, CNEcl; Duprey, Melissa EdD, RN, CNE; Lawrence, April MSN, RN, CNEcl Author Information Associate Professor and Director (Dr Hansbrough) and Lecturer and Associate Director (Ms Lawrence), School of Nursing, California State University San Marcos; Department Chair (Dr Dunker), Nursing and Health Science, Pacific Union College, Angwin, California; Master's Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor (Dr Duprey), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Correspondence: Dr Hansbrough, School of Nursing, California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069 ([email protected]). The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal's website (www.nurseeducatoronline.com). Accepted for publication: March 1, 2023 Early Access: April 3, 2023 Cite this article as: Hansbrough W, Dunker K, Duprey M, Lawrence A. Descriptive analysis of newly hired academic nurse educator onboarding practices. Nurse Educ. 2023;48(4):192-196. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000001402 Nurse Educator 48(4):p 192-196, July/August 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001402 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Background: Prelicensure nursing programs often hire clinical experts who are novice educators to teach integration of nursing clinical judgment within the context of patient care experiences. Purpose: To describe practices of schools of nursing to onboard, orient, and mentor newly hired faculty. Methods: Faculty (n = 174) and leaders (n = 51) replied to an online survey. Results: The majority (81.63%) of leaders hire novice nurse educators; 58.14% require a minimum bachelor of science in nursing degree; 54.72% have an orientation plan consisting of a mean of 13.86 hours, which was mostly asynchronous learning. Of the 77.08% of leaders with an onboarding plan, 84.13% assign a preceptor; 51.35% of them are compensated. Conclusions: Most schools of nursing hire experienced clinical nurses who are novice nurse educators, without organizational structures to support acquisition of teaching expertise. Academic institutions are called on to support clinical nurse educator professional development. Evidence is needed to design effective and fiscally pragmatic onboarding programs based on the certified nurse educator competencies. © 2023 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.