Graduate nursing faculty workload in the United States. Academic Article uri icon


  • Faculty workload is an ever-present issue in nursing education, but little is known about how workload is managed across institutions. Even less is known about faculty workload in the supervision of research and practice for graduate nursing students. The purpose of this study was to describe workload assignments for graduate nursing faculty supervising both research and advanced clinical nursing students. Using the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's list of schools, we sent 617 e-mails with links to an electronic survey to administrators of colleges of nursing. One hundred sixty (26%) administrators responded. Forty schools reported having a doctor of philosophy program, and 31 administrators answered the question about workload for dissertations, with 20 (65%) giving workload credit. Of the 36 respondents with a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program, 22 (61%) gave credit for DNP project supervision. Great variability exists among schools of nursing in the United States for the amount of workload given for supervision of graduate student research and practice.Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • October 2013