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Nursing Professor Publishes Paper on Faculty Job Satisfaction

 Marcia J. Derby-Davis, Ph.D., RN

Marcia J. Derby-Davis, Ph.D., RN

Marcia J. Derby-Davis, Ph.D., RN, associate professor and interim program director for the Fort Lauderdale entry level nursing program at the NSU College of Nursing, recently published an article in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing titled “Predictors of Nursing Faculty’s Job Satisfaction and Intent to Stay in Academe.” The Journal of Professional Nursing is the peer-reviewed journal published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. A summary of the article is below.

The United States health care delivery system is faced with a shortage of nurses and nurse educators at the national and state levels. The state of Florida has also been affected by the number of unfilled faculty positions. Florida nursing schools are faced with the projected retirement of current faculty members over the next 10 years. Approximately 19% of the BSN program faculty members in Florida are more than 60 years of age (FCN 2012). Although recruitment of new faculty is necessary, it is not the most viable solution for solving the faculty shortage in the short term. Many schools of nursing are facing longer periods of faculty vacancies, as aggressive marketing strategies are not yielding viable candidates, or the candidates who they are recruiting are unwilling to accept salaries that are noncompetitive with the clinical setting or private practice (Allen, 2008). Therefore, the most urgent need is to keep the aging nursing faculty workforce in place, for as long as possible. The purpose of this study was to identify the predictors of nursing faculty job satisfaction and their intent to stay in academe.

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