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Leaving Academia: Work Experiences and Career Decisions of Former Nurse Faculty
by Hancock, Carie Denise, Ph.D., William Carey University, 2015, 124; 10192599
Abstract (Summary)

Faculty shortages are a primary obstacle to increasing the supply of potential nurses. Research indicates that few academically qualified nurses are choosing to work in faculty jobs. Among nurse faculty, reported turnover intention rates are high. Faculty departures for non-academic positions contribute to the growing shortage. The purpose of this research was to understand the faculty work experience and identify career decision factors from the perspective of former nurse faculty. The research was designed using Maxwell’s (2013) interactive model for qualitative research. The investigator purposefully selected a diverse sample of 12 participants who left academia for other employment. Data were collected with in-depth, semi-structured interviews. Analysis was inductive and used open coding, categorizing, and connecting strategies. Ten themes emerged to answer the research questions. Six themes described the nurse faculty work experience: (a) enjoyment of teaching role, (b) leadership quality, (c) collegial relationships, (d) work hours / workload, (e) career advancement and pay, and (f) student attitudes. The decision to change careers was shaped by two themes: (a) disenchantment, and (b) opportunity. Two themes summarized participant recommendations to make the faculty work experience more enticing: (a) improve compensation and (b) improve the work environment and organizational support. The results were interpreted using a conceptual model of determinants of nurse faculty career decisions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cooksey, Marilyn, Mahaffey, Elizabeth
Commitee: Roberts, Jalyn, Spring, Debra
School: William Carey University
Department: School of Nursing
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-B 78/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Higher education
Keywords: Career mobility, Nurse faculty, Nursing education, Nursing shortage, Personnel turnover
Publication Number: 10192599
ISBN: 978-1-369-50479-8
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