Creating a Sustainable Clinical Adjunct Faculty Mentorship Program
Received Date:July 08, 2020; Published Date: July 23, 2020
Background: A mentoring program supports people to manage their own learning needs so that they may maximize their potential in the clinical setting. The mentorship program paired newly hired clinical faculty, waivered faculty, and/or clinical faculty who request it, with senior colleagues in the nursing program. The mentor/mentee pair met throughout the academic year to work toward goals that they develop together and are required in the job description for clinical adjunct instructors. Monthly meetings were required. A final summary meeting occurred face to face. The mentor completed a progress note during each meeting with a final summary note sheet completed at the end of the mentoring period. Offering stipends to full-time faculty assists with faculty engagement. Mentoring is a powerful tool that helps new clinical faculty achieve personal and professional goals.
Questions: What supports/resources are needed for new adjunct clinical faculty? Will full-time faculty participate in a mentorship program? What are the responsibilities of the mentor/mentee? How are mentees prepared for the role? How are mentors prepared for the role? How do mentors and faculty assess the progress and satisfaction of new faculty members?
Issues: The National League for Nursing (NLN) Board of Governors published a position statement, Mentoring of Nurse Faculty, in 2006. The statement encourages the thoughtful use of mentoring as a resource to foster the career development of faculty, develop the enrollment and retention of nurse educators, and create a positive work environment .
Purpose: The purpose is to explore the needs for newly hired adjunct clinical faculty. The nursing program must meet regulatory requirements of the Board of Registration in Nursing regarding newly hired and waivered nursing faculty.
Themes: Engagement, nursing faculty shortage, and workload.
“Mentoring of new faculty by nurses experienced in the faculty role is the single most influential way to bring our new cohorts into the circle of academia, thereby preventing the isolation, frustration, and dissatisfaction commonly seen in new nursing faculty. Mentoring assists our new peers, as well as their mentors, in the growth and maturation of their professional selves .”
Mentoring requires a partnership between the mentor and mentee. In order for the mentorship to be successful, likenesses should occur. Couplings of mentor/ mentee must be grounded on personality, philosophical beliefs, and clinical teaching areas . The Nurse of the Future will purpose efficiently within nursing and interdisciplinary teams, developing open communication, shared respect, collective decision making, learning, and development .
Teamwork and Collaboration
Self: (Table 1)
Team communication: (Table 2)
Nursing Faculty Shortage
The average age of faculty members is increasing. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “the average ages of doctorally-prepared nurse faculty holding the ranks of professor, associate professor, and assistant professor were 61.6, 57.6, and 51.4 years, respectively. For master’s degree-prepared nurse faculty, the average ages for professors, associate professors, and assistant professors were 57.1, 56.8, and 51.2 years, respectively [4,5].”
Newly hired faculty must be oriented within the school to fully understand the nursing department. Offering new faculty (mentees) reduced workloads during the first year and decreasing workloads for mentors facilitates an extensive orientation.
The mentorship program pairs newly hired clinical faculty, waivered faculty, and/or clinical faculty who request it, with senior colleagues in the nursing program at Becker College. Mentoring is a powerful tool that helps new clinical faculty achieve personal and professional goals.
We would like to thank the nursing staff, nursing faculty, and college-wide administration at Becker College for their support and guidance.
Conflict of Interest
Author declare no conflict of interest.
- National League for Nursing (2006) Position statement: Mentoring nurse faculty.
- Dunham Taylor, Lynn, Moore, McDaniel and Walker (2008) What goes around comes around: Improving faculty retention through more effective mentoring. Journal of Professional Nursing 24(6): 337-346.
- Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (2017) QSEN competencies.
- American Association of Critical Care Nursing (2015).
- Benner P (1984) From novice to expert: Excellence and power in clinical nursing practice. Menlo Park: Addison-Wesley.