Factors Influencing Retention Among Part-Time Clinical Nursing Faculty

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Abstract

AIM

This study sought to determine job characteristics influencing retention of part-time clinical nurse faculty teaching in pre-licensure nursing education.

BACKGROUND

Large numbers of part-time faculty are needed to educate students in the clinical setting. Faculty retention helps maintain consistency and may positively influence student learning.

METHOD

A national sample of part-time clinical nurse faculty teaching in baccalaureate programs responded to a web-based survey. Respondents were asked to identify the primary reason for wanting or not wanting to continue working for a school of nursing (SON).

RESULTS

Affinity for students, pay and benefits, support, and feeling valued were the top three reasons given for continuing to work at an SON. Conflicts with life and other job responsibilities, low pay, and workload were the top three reasons given for not continuing.

CONCLUSION

Results from this study can assist nursing programs in finding strategies to help reduce attrition among part-time clinical faculty.

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