Mental Health Nursing: Transitions from clinical roles to academia

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Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 2011, 47 (2), pp. 93 - 97
Issue Date:
2011-01
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Internationally, as the current generation of nurse academics reach retirement, nursing is facing an academic workforce shortage (Allan & Aldebron, 2008; Anderson, 2009; Potempa, Redman, & Landstrom, 2009). In order to meet workforce requirements, the higher education sector will need to recruit considerable numbers of new academic staff. In this paper, some challenges facing mental health nurses transitioning to academic life are identified and possible strategies to ameliorate or prevent foreseeable difficulties are suggested. All parties, new and existing faculty, will benefit from a greater awareness of barriers and developing entry protocols to enhance the transition experience and reduce early workplace stressors.
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