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The Clinical Practice of Canadian Nursing Faculty: Keeping a Foot in Both Worlds, by Katelin Kavanagh

Location: Virtual (link below)

Department: Master of Science in Nursing

Thesis Supervisor: Darlaine Jantzen, PhD, RN (MSN)

Second Reader: Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, PhD, RN (MSN)

Third Reader: Shelly Canning, PhD, RN (UFV)

Exam Chair: Brian Cooper, PhD (ACTS)

Abstract: In the 1980s and early 1990s, an outpouring of literature was dedicated to nursing faculty clinical practice (FCP).  Since that time, attention to FCP has declined significantly, particularly in the Canadian context, despite its purported benefits.  Through interviews with twelve Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) faculty, this study used grounded theory to explore how Canadian BSN faculty currently engage in clinical practice (CP).  The core category identified was Keeping a Foot in Both Worlds, which captures the tension that may be experienced by those faculty who choose to engage in CP while working as a BSN educator.  Faculty in the nexus of nurse educator and clinician described themselves as uniquely positioned to integrate theory and practice and “pull together” the campus and clinical settings.  This study highlights the challenges BSN faculty may face while maintaining a CP.  Recommendations include cultural and structural considerations for nursing CP, education, and leadership.

Event contact: Alethea Cook, Graduate Studies Coordinator

AUDIENCE: Please arrive early, as this event is locked once it begins.