Nursing faculty practice: benefits vs costs


  • Lea Budden RN Dip App Sc (NEd) Grad Dip Ed (Tert) Ba Hlth Sc (Nurs)

    1. Lecturer, Department of Nursing Sciences, lames Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville 4811, Queensland, Australia
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The transfer of nurse education from the hospital setting to the university sector has increased the dichotomy between theory and practice. Nurse academics have been exploring methods of maintaining clinical competence and credibility through organizational structures such as faculty practice. Faculty practice is a formal arrangement which exists between a clinical setting and a university which allows nurse academics to consult and deliver client care resulting in research and scholarly outcomes. The most important advantage of faculty practice is its potential to contribute to nursing knowledge and validate theories through the use of reflective practice and professional Journalling by nurse academics which can help demystify and analyse the intricate elements of nursing. Other advantages of faculty practice are described as improving student's learning and client care through the application of an advanced knowledge base and facilitation by a faculty member. It also facilitates communication with clinical staff and assists in the professional development of nurse academics. The major barriers which need to be addressed to facilitate faculty practice are the allocation of time in the nurse academic's workload which incorporates consultation and faculty administrative support and the recognition of promotion and tenure process of universities.