Navigating Transition to Academia

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      Making the decision to transition from nursing leadership to academia requires both thought and preparation. Nurse leaders come with specialty knowledge and skill but may not be prepared for the unique expectations of the academic role. As with any major change, there are challenges that can lead to stress and opportunities that may facilitate success. Decision-making best begins with fully understanding the role of the academic and the expectations. This article takes the nurse leader through a review of the academic role to inform and then assist in exploring options to best prepare for the role transition.
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      Joan Sevy Majers, DNP, FAONL. FACHE, CENP, CCM, has been an Assistant Professor of Nursing for the College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio for 5 years. She is currently the Director of the graduate programs in Systems Leadership. Prior to her academic career, she served as a Director of Case Management, Director of Nursing, and Chief Nursing Officer in full time and interim roles across the country in for-profit, not-for profit, academic, community and critical access healthcare organizations. She can be reached at [email protected]