In March 2008, AACN members voted to endorse a position statement on The Preferred Vision of the Professoriate in Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Based on the assumption that the terminal degree in nursing is the doctorate (research or practice-focused), this document outlined the desired education level and responsibilities for full- and part-time faculty, clinical instructors, and preceptors teaching in AACN member institutions. Given evolving role expectations for faculty, the rapid rise in the pool of DNP-prepared educators, and the recommendations contained in the Advancing Healthcare Transformation: A New Era for Academic Nursing report, the preferred vision of the professoriate should be critically reassessed to ensure its adequacy in providing guidance to AACN member schools on developing future faculty at all levels.
The Task Force will:
1. Evaluate and update the 2008 Position Statement on the Preferred Vision of the Professoriate in Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs.
2. Consider recommendations from the Manatt study around integrating faculty in clinical practice.
3. Evaluate the opportunities possible with academic and practice partnerships and the implications for the professoriate.
4. Assess how current leadership development initiatives support faculty’s lifelong learning needs.
5. Include recommendations for resources to support the faculty role.
6. Include recommendations for incorporation of interprofessional education.
Please address your comments to either the chair or AACN staff liaison noted.
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