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academic-clinical partnership, competency based, faculty development, faculty development plan, nurse educator



  1. Muirhead, Lisa DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
  2. Brasher, Susan PhD, CPNP
  3. Vena, Catherine PhD, RN, CNE
  4. Hall, Priscilla PhD, CMW
  5. Cadet, Anne DNP, RN, CNOR


Background: As expert clinicians are recruited to academic positions in response to nursing faculty shortages, comprehensive plans are needed for transitioning and role development.


Problem: Schools of nursing often lack infrastructures to support and develop new faculty.


Approach: Team members from an academic-clinical partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs created a competency-based faculty development plan.


Outcomes: A comprehensive self-directed faculty development plan was established that included a needs assessment, competency-based guide, and online modular resources.


Conclusion: The faculty development plan provides a tailored approach to support the transition of clinicians to the academic role. This strategy is a potential solution to addressing the faculty shortage, retention, and role strain issues and builds capacity in schools of nursing. This innovative plan is a first step in establishing a mechanism to measure faculty competencies and professional growth.