Impact of VANA Academic-Practice Partnership Participation on Educational Mobility Decisions and Teaching Aspirations of Nurses

Wyte-Lake T Bowman CNeedleman J Dougherty M Scarrott DNDobalian A. J Prof Nurs. 2014 Sep-Oct;30(5):383-91. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2014.01.009. Epub 2014 Jan 28.

This study reports findings assessing the influence of the Department of Veterans Affairs Nursing Academy (VANA) academic-practice partnership program on nurse decision making regarding educational mobility and teaching aspirations. We conducted national surveys with nursing faculty from VANA partnership sites in 2011 (N = 133) and 2012 (N = 74). Faculty who spent more hours per week in the VANA role and who reported an increase in satisfaction with their participation in VANA were more likely to have been influenced by their VANA experience in choosing to pursue a higher degree (p < .05). Sixty-nine percent of VANA faculty reported that they would be very interested in staying on as a VANA faculty member if the program should continue. Six measures were positively associated with VANA's influence on the desire to continue as faculty beyond the VANA pilot; support from VANA colleagues, quality of VANA students, amount of guidance with curriculum development, availability of administrative support, support for improving teaching methods, and overall satisfaction with VANA experience (p < .05). As the popularity of academic-practice partnerships grows and their list of benefits is further enumerated, motivating nurses to pursue both higher degrees and faculty roles should be listed among them based on results reported here.


Bachelor's degree; Career mobility; Continuing education; Faculty, nursing/supply and distribution; Master's; Nurses; Nursing


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