Dr. Mary R. Lynn was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education (EIN) grant for her study, “Hiring Practices and Intentions of Directors of Nursing Programs.” She will examine the hiring processes and plans of nursing schools with regard to employing faculty who have PhD and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees.
“While PhD-prepared faculty have been around for more than 50 years, DNP-prepared faculty will be the new kid on the block,” Dr. Lynn said. “While many Schools of Nursing are in severe need of faculty, we do not yet know what plans have been made to differentiate (or not) and integrate these two form of doctorally-prepared faculty into nursing programs.”
The research team, which includes Dr. Marilyn Oermann and Dr. Brandy Farrar, will initially use semi-structured interviews and eventually an online survey with nursing school deans and directors to identify plans for hiring doctorally-prepared faculty and the various mechanisms through which DNP- and PhD-prepared faculty are hired. They will also examine the contributions of DNP- and PhD-prepared faculty and the processes used by schools to employ and integrate DNP- and PhD-prepared faculty into their programs.
The RWJF Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education initiative supports research aimed at understanding the effectiveness of promising interventions and educational strategies for addressing the nurse faculty shortage. “We are hoping that we learn how to best address the shortage of nursing faculty, as noted most recently by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), as well as how the DNP will be accepted into a career in academia,” Dr. Lynn said.
American Association of Colleges Nurses: DNP Fact Sheet