Nursing Faculty Perceived Needs and Barriers to Pursuing Doctoral Education in Nursing

Nursing Faculty Perceived Needs and Barriers to Pursuing Doctoral Education in Nursing

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Credentialing of the nursing professoriate has been an issue since the beginning of modern nursing. Despite the proliferation of nursing doctoral programs in the United States since the 1980s, the number of graduates produced by these programs remains low. Slightly less than 50% of the nursing professoriate is currently doctorally prepared, and in the face of a deepening faculty shortage, masters-prepared nurses are being heavily recruited to fill faculty vacancies. In a descriptive, mixed method study nurse faculty from four randomly selected Associate nursing programs and four randomly selected baccalaureate nursing programs in Illinois were invited to complete a researcher-generated Web survey designed to explore non-doctorally prepared nurse faculty doctoral preferences and perceived barriers to pursuing a nursing doctorate. Sample demographics were roughly equivalent to National League for Nursing faculty data, however a response rate of 19% severely limits generalizability of the study results. Respondents supported and wanted to choose nursing doctorates, however only a third felt that nursing doctorates provided the best preparation for the faculty role, and an overwhelming majority of respondents wanted 25 to 75% of their doctoral classes to be in education. Identified barriers to doctoral study included job and family responsibilities, financial concerns, needing to take the Graduate Record Examination, perceived difficulty of nursing doctoral programs, and travel time to a doctoral program. Most respondents supported online delivery as appropriate for doctoral study. It is concluded that for these respondents, nursing doctoral education is not meeting their needs. The possibility of a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education is discussed and recommendations for future research are offered.Re-envisioning the PhD Project: Implications for the preparation of future faculty in nursing. In S. Ketefian aamp; H.P.McKenna (Eds.), Doctoral education in nursing: International perspectives. (pp. 71-86). New York: Routledge. Olson, H. (1995). Quantitative versus qualitative research: The wrong question. Retrieved June 25 anbsp;...

Title:Nursing Faculty Perceived Needs and Barriers to Pursuing Doctoral Education in Nursing
Author: Debra A. Bacharz
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008

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