Motivators for Nurse Educators to Persist in their Profession: A Phenomenological Study




Tufano, Virginia
Summers, Emily
Summers, Emily

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The nurse faculty shortage has impacted the nursing workforce that is available to fulfill societal healthcare needs. Studies reveal that many qualified nursing school candidates are turned away each year due to faculty shortages. Nursing academia has an increasing challenge of recruiting and retaining nurse educators. Reasons for leaving academia are well-documented. Understanding which factors motivate nurse educators to remain in the teaching profession can improve strategies for retention. The aim of this phenomenological qualitative study was to explore nurse educators’ motivating factors that influence their decision to remain in academia. Understanding nurse educators’ motivators to remain in academia may assist in promoting nursing education climates and practices that are shown to retain these educators within the field.



nursing, education


Tufano, V., & Summers, E. J. (2023). Motivators for nurse educators to persist in their profession: A phenomenological study. Poster presented at the Health Scholar Showcase, Translational Health Research Center, San Marcos, Texas.


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