American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Identifying Barriers and Facilitators to Nurse Faculty Careers

Principal Investigator: Geraldine (Polly) Bednash, PhD

This grantee research team will conduct a national study of doctoral students in nursing to identify barriers and facilitators to seeking a faculty position. A survey of a random sample of 3,000 DNP and PhD students will address several domains of potential factors associated with career choice, including previous work experiences, research and learning experiences, preparation for teaching during doctoral education, current financial issues and future salary expectations, perceptions of faculty roles and supports, and the attractiveness of non-faculty nursing roles and opportunities. Supplementing the survey effort, a salary study will compare compensation of nurses in faculty positions and in practice roles. Findings will be disseminated through AACN’s extensive network of communications vehicles