Transitioning from a Department to School of Nursing: What do the Deans have to say?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/307943
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Transitioning from a Department to School of Nursing: What do the Deans have to say?
Author(s):
Melillo, Karen Devereaux; Dowling, Jacqueline S.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Eta Omega
Author Details:
Karen Devereaux Melillo, PhD, ANP-C, FAANP, FGSA, Karen_Melillo@uml.edu; Jacqueline S. Dowling, PhD, RN, CNE
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013, Sunday, November 17, 2013

Purpose: The ability of a Department to transition to a School of Nursing has the potential to address critical nursing faculty shortages and projected nursing workforce needs.  A review of the research in nursing, allied health, and higher education databases revealed limited research to guide Nursing Programs in considering this transition.  This study explored the factors associated with transitioning from a Department to a School of Nursing.

Methods: AACN member deans were recruited to participate in qualitative interviews if they had attempted this transition. Public and private universities in the North Atlantic and Southeast Region of the US not associated with an Academic Health Center were represented.  Eight deans participated in interviews conducted in-person or by telephone.  With IRB approval and dean permission, interviews were digitally audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Reflections and field notes also were maintained.

Results: Co-investigators independently reviewed and coded transcripts and met to reach agreement on the operational definition of a code and the emerging themes.  Constant comparison during data analysis identified areas for further exploration in subsequent interviews.  The themes related to the phenomenon under study were:  Administrative support is essential, Buy-in or dissention, Voice at the table, “It just brings Nursing to totally different level”, Think differently, Titles matter, and Legitimizing your position.

Conclusions: Future qualitative research with deans that would explore issues of governance and infrastructure are needed.  For these deans, the transitions reflected the social, economic and political factors and timing which impact their college or university.  Consideration of these factors is critical in determining whether decisions are favorable and in support of the transition. Developing understanding from the experiences of Deans who have transitioned from Departments to Schools of Nursing can offer guidance to nursing education leaders for the future.

Keywords:
Transitions; Deans; Leadership
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTransitioning from a Department to School of Nursing: What do the Deans have to say?en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMelillo, Karen Devereauxen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDowling, Jacqueline S.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentEta Omegaen_GB
dc.author.detailsKaren Devereaux Melillo, PhD, ANP-C, FAANP, FGSA, Karen_Melillo@uml.edu; Jacqueline S. Dowling, PhD, RN, CNEen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/307943-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013, Sunday, November 17, 2013</p>Purpose: The ability of a Department to transition to a School of Nursing has the potential to address critical nursing faculty shortages and projected nursing workforce needs.  A review of the research in nursing, allied health, and higher education databases revealed limited research to guide Nursing Programs in considering this transition.  This study explored the factors associated with transitioning from a Department to a School of Nursing. <p>Methods: AACN member deans were recruited to participate in qualitative interviews if they had attempted this transition. Public and private universities in the North Atlantic and Southeast Region of the US not associated with an Academic Health Center were represented.  Eight deans participated in interviews conducted in-person or by telephone.  With IRB approval and dean permission, interviews were digitally audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Reflections and field notes also were maintained. <p>Results: Co-investigators independently reviewed and coded transcripts and met to reach agreement on the operational definition of a code and the emerging themes.  Constant comparison during data analysis identified areas for further exploration in subsequent interviews.  The themes related to the phenomenon under study were:  Administrative support is essential, Buy-in or dissention, Voice at the table, “It just brings Nursing to totally different level”, Think differently, Titles matter, and Legitimizing your position. <p>Conclusions: Future qualitative research with deans that would explore issues of governance and infrastructure are needed.  For these deans, the transitions reflected the social, economic and political factors and timing which impact their college or university.  Consideration of these factors is critical in determining whether decisions are favorable and in support of the transition. Developing understanding from the experiences of Deans who have transitioned from Departments to Schools of Nursing can offer guidance to nursing education leaders for the future.en_GB
dc.subjectTransitionsen_GB
dc.subjectDeansen_GB
dc.subjectLeadershipen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:24:27Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:24:27Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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