- Know the expectations of the academic institution
- Most institutions base retention, promotion and tenure decision on a combination of scholarly activity, teaching ability and service to the academic community.
- Discuss how each of these components is weighted.
- Seek a formal mentorship program or obtain a dedicated mentor within the first few weeks of employment and meet with your mentor at regular intervals.
- Professional development should be an ongoing process that takes responsibilities and expectations of the position into consideration.
- Establish administrative support through early communication when issues are discovered.
- Become immersed in academic culture by reading journals on nursing education in addition to clinical journals.
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