Nursing Faculty Characteristics and Perceptions Predicting Intent to Leave

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This study identified characteristics and perceptions of nursing faculty that best predict their intentions to leave their faculty positions.


The inadequate supply of nursing faculty is a situation that requires immediate intervention, yet evidence on factors associated with nurse faculty intent to leave their faculty positions is sparse.


Survey data from 4,118 nurse faculty teaching in pre-licensure and graduate nursing education programs were analyzed. A conceptual model was designed to reflect six domains of factors contributing to the nurse faculty shortage and intent to leave.


Two distinct multivariate models of characteristics and perceptions were determined to predict nursing faculty's intent to leave in the next year (n = 16) and next five years (n = 17).


To address predictors of nurse faculty intent to leave, data-driven strategy recommendations based on the six domains model of contributing factors are presented. These strategies represent a small but important step in the process of resolving the nurse faculty shortage.

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