Where are nurse-scientists? Academic nursing research at critical crossroads
Academic bias, Academic class bias, Academic gender bias, Academic nursing, Academic research enterprise, NIH funding, Nurse-scientist faculty, Nursing faculty
Background: Academic nursing research is at a critical impasse after the great retirement and resignation during COVID-19. Sustaining and replenishing senior nurse-scientist faculty that are clinical experts with real-world clinical practice is critical. Leveraging the mission of nursing scholarship within the business of building and sustaining externally funded research enterprises in schools of nursing presents conundrums, especially with persistent nursing faculty vacancies. Purpose and Methods: Through a lens of intersectionality within the context of academic bias and nursing education regulation, we address challenges in NIH funding for nurse-scientist faculty. Publicly available data reveal equity, inclusion, and advancement issues that make it an unequal playing field for nurse-scientist faculty if expected to achieve similar NIH funding as faculty in schools of public health and medicine. Discussion: Understanding research enterprises requires appreciation of the complex interplay between academic nursing units, university infrastructures, and academic budgetary models. Creative support for both nursing deans and their faculty is needed.
Bloch, J., & Smith Glasgow, M. (2023). Where are nurse-scientists? Academic nursing research at critical crossroads. Nursing Outlook, 71 (2). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2022.10.007