Surveying the practices of directors of nursing schools regarding the hiring of nurses with DNP degrees versus PhD degrees for faculty positions

The Foundation's initiative, Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education, was designed to identify, evaluate and disseminate innovative strategies to increase the teaching capacity of nursing schools, as well as to promote the recruitment and retention of nurse faculty, with the long-term goal of educating more students.The third round of this Foundation initiative was designed to fund research projects studying nursing faculty issues that are critical to achieving the recommendations outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. This project will study the hiring practices and intentions of deans and directors of nursing programs with regard to DNP- versus PhD-prepared nurses. A survey of deans or directors of half the nation's nursing schools and programs is designed to yield 450 responses to questions addressing hiring intentions, perspectives on the distinctive and common capacities of DNP- and PhD-prepared faculty members to fulfill key roles in nursing education, and the mechanisms that schools employ to integrate DNP- as well as PhD-prepared faculty members in the program. Development of the survey questionnaire will be informed by interviews with 40 systematically selected deans and directors. Findings will be disseminated broadly at key national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $286,543.00

Awarded on: 7/1/2012

Time frame: 7/15/2012 - 3/14/2015

Grant Number: 70185


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Carrington Hall
CB 7460
Chapel Hill, 27599-7460


Mary R. Lynn
Project Director