Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Preparing the Best Possible Nurse Educators

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Preparing the Best Possible Nurse Educators

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In testimony in the recently published "A Vision for Doctoral Preparation for Nurse Educators," the NLN affirms that no matter the type of doctoral degree program, there should be greater emphasis on preparing nurse educators. The NLN Board of Governors makes several significant and far- reaching recommendations for addressing this issue.

With only 25 percent of nurse educators prepared with doctorates, there is a need to develop positive, accelerated educational programs. This need is accentuated by findings reported in the Headlines from the NLN column in this issue of Nursing Education Perspectives. NLN-Jonas Scholars surveyed doctoral programs throughout the United States and found that many offer no formal preparation for teaching. (See page 66.)

But models do exist that can be adapted to doctoral education in nursing, including strategies that have been successful in other disciplines. For example, required and/or competitive teaching assistantships, as part of graduate education, are used in other disciplines to spark interest in careers in academia. Within this model, graduate students vie for teaching opportunities as attractive and prestigious as research assistantships or clinical pathways to advance one's career. We could recognize outstanding teaching assistants for their commitment, involvement, and expertise and even offer teaching awards, with faculty and peer recognition.

Another approach is to develop special boot camps for preparing teachers. Too often, expert clinicians enter academia with little understanding of the skill set required for their new role. …

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