Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Phenomenological Exploration into the Lived Transition Experiences of Expert Clinicians to Novice Nurse Educators
by Calvert, Robin Coggins, Ph.D., William Carey University, 2018, 198; 10789752
Abstract (Summary)

Tens of thousands of qualified applicants are turned away from baccalaureate and associate degree nursing programs each year due to the ongoing shortage of nurse educators. It is anticipated that many nurse educators will retire, adding to the current shortage. To meet the need for the ongoing shortage, additional qualified nurse educators are needed. Benner’s Novice to Expert Theory provided the theoretical framework for this qualitative phenomenological study which explored the transition experiences of novice nurse educators. As expert clinicians transition from clinical practice to academic settings, specific factors emerge as motivators, challenges, and barriers during the transition from expert clinician to novice nurse educator. The purpose of this study was to explore the motivations and experiences of expert clinicians, with at least five years of clinical experience, as they transition to the role of novice nurse educator. The underlying concept that emerged from this study was being at sea, which symbolizes the expert clinician embarking on a new adventure, entering the sea of academia, as a novice nurse educator. Narratives from this study shed light on the myriad of issues that continue to affect the transition from expert clinician to novice nurse educator. The perspectives of 12 novice nurse educators provide an understanding of the difficulties faced during the transition and lend to the current body of knowledge by providing insight into the needs and desires of expert clinicians as they transition to the role of novice nurse educator in the first academic year.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lundstrom, Alicia
Commitee: Daly, Amy, Markey, Linda, Roberts, Jalynn
School: William Carey University
Department: School of Nursing
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-B 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Keywords: Expert clinicians, Nurse educator, Nurse faculty, Nursing, Nursing education, Qualitative research
Publication Number: 10789752
ISBN: 978-0-438-40410-6
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