EIN Project Findings

EIN is pleased to introduce its various cohorts of grantees. Twelve grants (of up to $300,000 each) have been awarded since 2009. EIN’s first grant cycle (2009-2011) provided funding for four innovators in nursing education to support evaluations of different interventions, including Dedicated Education Units (DEUs); a technology-rich, accelerated BSN program relying on a mix of on-campus and offsite training, specially prepared clinical preceptors, and innovative course scheduling; and incorporation of a web-based virtual community into the curricula of several nursing programs across the country. For its second round of grants (2010-2012), EIN has funded evaluations of the implementation of a statewide education consortium curriculum; the substitution of clinical simulation for supervised hospital rotations; and an analysis of a myriad of state-based, support-for-service programs which offer funding support to nursing students who wish to become nurse faculty.

In mid July 2012, EIN’s third cycle of grantees began evaluation projects whose findings will directly inform strategies to prepare faculty to educate nurses for roles in the reformed health care system as envisioned in the IOM report on the future of nursing. These two-year projects (2012-2014) will focus on a range of issues, e.g., identifying barriers and opportunities for doctoral students regarding nurse faculty careers (American Association of Colleges of Nursing); assessing the various stages of career decision-making related to becoming a nurse faculty member (Indiana University); the hiring practices and intentions of directors of nursing programs related to DNP and PhD-prepared faculty (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill); the relationship between the demands of teaching doctoral students and research productivity among doctorally-prepared nurse faculty (Villanova University) and a case study to study and generate insights into the prospects for early-entry doctoral programs (admitting pre-baccalaureate students and recent graduates) to increase the number and productivity of future nurse faculty (University of Wisconsin-Madison). As with earlier funding cycles, EIN3 research projects are designed to generate findings to inform strategies for addressing the nurse faculty shortage, while expanding the nurse workforce and maintaining or improving student outcomes.

RWJF-EIN grantees are part of a learning community with EIN colleagues who share the goals of conducting evaluations, generating evidence and disseminating findings to promote interventions that expand teaching capacity and promote faculty recruitment and retention in nursing education.

Meet Our Grantees

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Cycle 3 Grantees (closed) (2012 - 2014)

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Identifying Barriers and Facilitators to Nurse Faculty Careers

Principal Investigator: Geraldine (Polly) Bednash, PhD

Indiana University School of Nursing

Exploring the State of Doctoral Education: Implications for the Nursing Faculty Shortage

Principal Investigator: Kristina Dreifuerst, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Hiring Practices and Intentions of Directors of Nursing Programs Related to DNP and PhD-prepared Faculty

Principal Investigator: Mary Lynn, Ph.D.

Villanova University College of Nursing

The Effect of Teaching Demands on Research Productivity of Doctoral Program Faculty

Principal Investigator: Suzanne Smeltzer, EdD

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing

Building a New Cadre of Nursing Faculty

Principal Investigator: Nadine Nehls, PhD

Cycle 2 Grantees (closed) (2010 – 2012)

University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene

The Impact of Implementing the Hawaii Statewide Nursing Consortium Curriculum on Faculty Work Life, Teaching Productivity and Quality of Education

Principal Investigator: Alice M. Tse, Ph.D., APRN.
Program Evaluator: John Steffen, Ph.D., MS, AB, Social Science Research Institute, U. of Hawaii at Manoa

The New York University College of Nursing

Using a Simulation Clinical Teaching Model to Increase Faculty Capacity in an Undergraduate Nursing Education Program

Principal Investigator: Hila Richardson, R.N., Dr.PH, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Program
Program Evaluator: Lloyd Goldsamt, Ph.D., National Development of Research Institutes
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing

Evaluation of State-Based Support-for-Service Programs Targeted at Nurse Faculty

Principal Investigator/Evaluator: Jennifer Craft Morgan, Ph.D., Associate Director of Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill UNC Institute on Aging
Co-Program Director: Marilyn H. Oermann, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, ANEF, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, Professor and Chair, Adult/Geriatric Health
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Cycle 1 Grantees (closed) (2009 – 2011)

University of Massachusetts, Boston, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Project PDQ – Partnering for DEU Development and Quality

Principal Investigator: JoAnn Mulready-Shick, Ed.D., RN, CNE
Program Evaluator: Kathleen M. Flanagan, Ph.D., FBJ Consulting
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University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, College of Nursing

The Effect of a Virtual Community on Work-life, Recruitment and Retention among Nursing Faculty

Principal Investigator: Jean Giddens, Ph.D., RN
Program Evaluator: Linnea L. Carlson-Sabelli, Ph.D., Rush University, College of Nursing

University of Portland (Oregon), School of Nursing

Dedicated Education Unit: Evaluating Innovation in Clinical Education

Principal Investigator: Susan R Moscato, Ed.D., RN
Program Evaluators: Vicki Nishioka, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Education Northwest; Michael Coe, Ph. D., Cedar Lake Research Group
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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, College of Nursing

Technology Rich Online Accelerated B.S.N. Program

Principal Investigators: Dawn Pope, MS, and Dr. Jaya Jambunathan, Ph.D.
Program Evaluator: Chere C. Gibson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison