Transformative Experience: Developing Competence in Novice Nursing Faculty.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


The nursing faculty shortage has led to an increasing number of master's-prepared clinical nurse experts becoming nursing faculty to teach prelicensure nursing students, often without adequate preparation for the complex specialized role of an academic nurse educator.


A hermeneutic phenomenological qualitative study was designed to gain insight about novice nursing faculty's experience in academia, to examine their perceptions of facilitators and barriers to the development of nurse educators' practice competence, and to identify transformative learning experiences related to novice faculty development. The data consisted of audio recordings and verbatim transcripts of interviews, along with journal data describing day-to-day experiences as novice nurse academics. Data were analyzed using Moustakas' seven-step process.


Facilitators and barriers, along with characteristics of transformative learning experiences, were identified. An essential combination of facilitating factors, mentorship, and internship programs was discovered.


Internship programs are a necessary link in creating academic environments that contribute to the development of competence in novice nursing faculty. [

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cooley, SS; De Gagne, JC

Published Date

  • February 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 96 - 100

PubMed ID

  • 26814820

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-2421

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-4834

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3928/01484834-20160114-07


  • eng