Transition to Academic Nurse Educator: How Does Readiness, Confidence, and Number of Children Impact Career Change?
Repository Posting Date2014-05-13T16:42:44Z
Author(s)Goodrich, Robin S.
Author DetailsRobin S. Goodrich, EdD, MS, BSN, RN
Lead Author Sigma AffliationOmicron Delta
Other Title(s)Transition to the Faculty Role
Session presented on: Friday, April 4, 2014: The nursing faculty shortage dictates the need to recruit and retain excellence in the academic nurse educator role. This study investigated the relationships among academic nurse educator's levels of readiness, confidence, personal control, support, perceived independence, general self-esteem, level of locus of control in the work settings, and demographic information. This research applies the theory of Experiencing Transitions (Meleis, Sawyer, Im, Messias, & Schumacher 2000) as it relates to nurses' transition to academic nurse educator. A convenience sample of registered nurses in the United States who hold current full-time employment at an accredited nursing program granting Baccalaureate and/or higher degrees (N= 541) was utilized. Study participants completed four self-report electronic survey instruments measuring psychological variables of career transition, as well as a demographic survey with additional questions to assess overall satisfaction and intention to stay in the role. The results indicated significant, positive relationships among all the variables except readiness and personal control (p = .01). Novice nurse educators scored higher in readiness versus more experienced nurse educators who scored higher in personal control. Nurses who had no children scored higher in independence, and nurses who had one to two children scored higher in work locus of control. Nurses who were single, never married scored higher in decision independence. Nurses who held an Academic/Research Doctorate, Non-Nursing scored higher in personal control and work locus of control. The results of this study provide evidence to support and enhance processes designed to develop and retain nurse academicians. Identification of, and investment of financial and human capital support of academic nurse educators is critical to building and maintaining the faculty pipeline. Advocacy for the Academic/Research Doctorate in Nursing as a terminal degree for academic nurse educators is necessary to advance the science and practice of the profession.
DescriptionNursing Education Research Conference 2014 Theme: Nursing Education Research, held in Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Conference NameNursing Education Research Conference 2014
Conference HostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
National League of Nursing
Conference LocationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
Date of Publication2014-05-13
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