How to Negotiate a Faculty Practice in an Academic Setting

Kathryn A. Blair, PhD, APRN-BC, FNP


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2005;5(4) 

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When nurse practitioners (NPs) assume an academic role, a dilemma emerges about how to maintain clinical practice and meet the mission of the university or college. Clinical competency and certification are requisites for NP faculty teaching in NP programs.[1] The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) states that "NP faculty who teach clinical components of the program must maintain licensure and certification."[2] The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners require a minimum of 1000 hours of nursing practice every 5 years to maintain certification as an NP.[3]

There is a clear mandate that NP faculty must be clinically competent and certified, both elements requiring practice. For NP faculty, the issue is how to incorporate this directive for practice into the university's or college's tripartite mission of teaching, service, and scholarship/research. The NP educator must be prepared to make a "case" for maintaining a faculty practice. (For more information, refer to NONPF's position statement on promotion and tenure.[4]) This paper addresses how to make a "case" that practice is relevant to teaching, scholarship, and service.


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