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Transitioning From Nursing Practice to a Teaching Role

Author(s): Barbara K. Penn | Laurie Dodge Wilson | Robert Rosseter

Journal: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
ISSN 1091-3734

Volume: 13;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: nurse faculty | nurse faculty shortage | faculty shortage strategies | nursing careers | nursing education | nurse educator | teaching nursing | faculty role | faculty qualification | nursing shortage | American Association of Colleges of Nursing

The national dialogue about the expanding nurse faculty shortage has piqued the interest of many nurses in practice and motivated them to pursue a teaching role. Thought eager to share their clinical expertise as nurse educators, many of them have questions about what is required to transition from the clinical practice setting to the academic environment, even on a part-time basis. This article provides practical advice on how to find teaching opportunities in higher education and make the role transition successfully. The authors address types of faculty appointments, educational qualifications needed for teaching, considerations in taking a faculty position, beginning a faculty position and learning about the academic work environment, and faculty development opportunities. They conclude by paying special attention to the essential skills needed to become a nurse educator and flourish in a teaching role.
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