RN Nursing Students’ Intent To Become Faculty: Results From A Qualitative Study
The nursing faculty shortage is predicted to worsen as faculty reach retirement age. The shortage affects enrollment into nursing programs because of a lack of qualified faculty. Increasing the number of faculty available is critical to maintaining nurses needed to care for citizens. Using a qualitative descriptive approach, RN to BSN students were asked about intent to become faculty in their career. Eight RNs pursuing their BSN were interviewed. Five themes emerged: modeling the role: positive/negative, planting the seed, perceiving rather than knowing, seeing the lightbulb go on, and weighing the pros and cons. Nursing faculty can influence RN to BSN students’ intent to become faculty and can attract students to the role by conveying enthusiasm, collegiality, and maintaining clinical relevance.