Adjusting to Academic Life: Experiences of Early Career Nursing and Midwifery Faculty

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243335
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Adjusting to Academic Life: Experiences of Early Career Nursing and Midwifery Faculty
Author(s):
Peters, Kath; Andrew, Sharon; Gray, Joanne; Daly, John; Halcomb, Elizabeth; Jackson, Debra; Salamonson, Yenna
Author Details:
Peters, Kath, RN, BN (Hons), PhD, k.peters@uws.edu.au; Andrew, Sharon, RN, RM, BAppSc, MSc (Hons), PhD; Gray, Joanne, BHlthSc, GradCertHEd, MNurs, PhD; Daly, John, RN, BA (Ed), BHSc (Nursing), MEd (Hons), PhD; Halcomb, Elizabeth, RN, BN (Hons), PhD; Jackson, Debra, RN, PhD; Salamonson, Yenna, RN, BSc, CCUCert, GDNEd, MA, PhD;
Abstract:
Purpose:

Inadequate numbers of nurse graduates from doctoral programs, as well as the ageing nursing workforce, have contributed to an acute shortage of suitably qualified faculty in the areas of nursing and midwifery internationally. This shortage has led to increasing numbers of new academics and a dependence on sessional staff in order to meet the teaching and learning demands of curricula. Previous research suggests that new academics and sessional staff may encounter substantial difficulty transitioning into academia. The aim of this paper is to provide insights into the experiences of new nursing and midwifery faculty as they embark on an academic career. This paper presents qualitative findings from a larger multi-phase project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. The larger project aimed to facilitate the transition of early career nursing and midwifery academics from novice to confident and effective academics and develop a model of leadership development to support them in developing leadership capacity.

Methods:

Twenty-six early career nursing and midwifery academics from two universities, who had been teaching within the tertiary sector for less than five years, participated in this study. Data were collected via face to face interviews between 20 and 90 minutes in duration. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and imported into NVivo before being thematically analyzed.

Results:

Findings provide insights into some of the difficulties faced by early career nursing and midwifery academics. These findings also inform strategies to assist in supporting this group to develop in all aspects of their academic career.

Conclusion:

Sustainable strategies that endeavour to assist nurses and midwives adapt to academia are required to enhance effective career development and ensure leadership capacity is fostered in this group.

Keywords:
Nurse academic; leadership; new faculty
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAdjusting to Academic Life: Experiences of Early Career Nursing and Midwifery Facultyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPeters, Kathen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAndrew, Sharonen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGray, Joanneen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDaly, Johnen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHalcomb, Elizabethen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Debraen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSalamonson, Yennaen_GB
dc.author.detailsPeters, Kath, RN, BN (Hons), PhD, k.peters@uws.edu.au; Andrew, Sharon, RN, RM, BAppSc, MSc (Hons), PhD; Gray, Joanne, BHlthSc, GradCertHEd, MNurs, PhD; Daly, John, RN, BA (Ed), BHSc (Nursing), MEd (Hons), PhD; Halcomb, Elizabeth, RN, BN (Hons), PhD; Jackson, Debra, RN, PhD; Salamonson, Yenna, RN, BSc, CCUCert, GDNEd, MA, PhD;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243335-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b> <p>Inadequate numbers of nurse graduates from doctoral programs, as well as the ageing nursing workforce, have contributed to an acute shortage of suitably qualified faculty in the areas of nursing and midwifery internationally. This shortage has led to increasing numbers of new academics and a dependence on sessional staff in order to meet the teaching and learning demands of curricula. Previous research suggests that new academics and sessional staff may encounter substantial difficulty transitioning into academia. The aim of this paper is to provide insights into the experiences of new nursing and midwifery faculty as they embark on an academic career. This paper presents qualitative findings from a larger multi-phase project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. The larger project aimed to facilitate the transition of early career nursing and midwifery academics from novice to confident and effective academics and develop a model of leadership development to support them in developing leadership capacity. <p><b>Methods: </b> <p>Twenty-six early career nursing and midwifery academics from two universities, who had been teaching within the tertiary sector for less than five years, participated in this study. Data were collected via face to face interviews between 20 and 90 minutes in duration. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and imported into NVivo before being thematically analyzed. <p><b>Results: </b> <p>Findings provide insights into some of the difficulties faced by early career nursing and midwifery academics. These findings also inform strategies to assist in supporting this group to develop in all aspects of their academic career. <p><b>Conclusion: </b> <p>Sustainable strategies that endeavour to assist nurses and midwives adapt to academia are required to enhance effective career development and ensure leadership capacity is fostered in this group.en_GB
dc.subjectNurse academicen_GB
dc.subjectleadershipen_GB
dc.subjectnew facultyen_GB
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:20:47Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:20:47Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen_GB
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