On Friday June 5, GSC Fellow and Nursing DNP student Nadia Spawn presented preliminary findings from her current research project with nursing faculty members Dr. Young-Me Lee and Elizabeth Florez. Spawn presented her findings ahead of several conference poster presentations and talks, set to happen later this summer.
Their project investigates the factors associated with nursing faculty’s intention to leave positions in colleges and universities.
This work comes at a crucial time; there is currently a shortage of registered nurses (RNs) and an even greater shortage of doctoral level RNs (who can teach). The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has suggested that in order to keep pace with the growing need for nurses and nursing educators, that the US double it’s #of RNs with doctorates by 2020.
Spawn’s preliminary findings suggest that the majority of nursing professors who intend to leave report non-competitive salaries, high faculty workloads, and lack of institutional support as primary reasons for leaving. Spawn and colleagues intend to examine how characteristics such as doctoral preparation, demographic variables, as well as job satisfaction, burn out, and competence to impact intention to leave nursing faculty positions.