Studies on Transitioning from Clinical Practice to Academia

1731 Words7 Pages
Study Purpose The purpose of the study discussed in “Bridging the Gap: Clinical Practice Nursing and the Effect of Role Strain on Successful Role Transition and Intent to Stay in Academia” (Cranford, 2012) was to identify predictor factors that influence the role strain on those transitioning from clinical practice to academia. Due to the shortage of nursing education programs, resulting in numerous potential students being rejected because of space shortage, this study hoped to understand the role strain so that nurses will remain in academia. The research question was what variables affect the role stain and can it be used to predict the intent of the nurses to remain in academia. There was no hypothesis in the study. The authors provided a clear definition of role strain as well as a conceptual framework of human nature and role transitioning, so to understand deeper the anxiety and confusion this transition can cause. It also explained the basic difference of clinical practice, which has an emphasis of clinical principles, and academia, which has educational principles. The six variables experimented in the study were role ambiguity, interpersonal support, self-assessed instructional competency, age, years of clinical experience, and education level, to test which ones were most influential on the role stain and helpful in predicting intent to stay in academia. The dependent variables were role transition and intent to stay in academia. Literature Review The literature studies reviewed were pertaining to the necessity of bringing clinical nurses to the academic field. It cites numerous shortages of nursing faculty and how transitioning nurses from clinical practice to academia will solve the problem. The article also ex... ... middle of paper ... ...s. A more effective research sample would limit the number of years the participants held in academia to ensure the results are focused on the initial change and role strain, rather than the experience at large. As stated in the article, this area of study is important to the nursing field due to the demand of faculty in nursing programs. This is important for the Occupational Therapy (OT) profession as the demand for OT increases, leading more people to apply for OT programs, increasing the need for faculty in the OT programs, thus it is an area the American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) is interested in. Reference Cranford, J. S. (2013). Bridging the gap: Clinical practice nursing and the effect of role strain on successful role transition and intent to stay in academia. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 10(1),

More about Studies on Transitioning from Clinical Practice to Academia

Open Document