Launching Successful Beginnings for Early Career Faculty Researchers

Vicki S. Conn, Cindy M. Anderson, Cheryl Killion, Barbara J. Bowers, Jean F. Wyman, Linda M. Herrick, Julie J. Zerwic, Carol E. Smith, Marlene Z. Cohen, Lazelle E. Benefield, Robert Topp, Nancy L. Fahrenwald, Marita G. Titler, Janet L. Larson, Maureen M. Varty, Urmeka T. Jefferson

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Junior faculty follow a research path replete with challenges as they strive to create knowledge in their area of interest while balancing new responsibilities. Unlike graduate school, where students focus inward on personal development, junior faculty must add responsibilities in ways that hold them accountable as members of a university. This special article deals with three themes of interest to new junior faulty launching research programs: personal development, collaboration and team development within university settings, and funding advice. Strategies in these areas provide guidance on navigating early careers and finding success in the academic setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-174
Number of pages22
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

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Funding Information:
Your manuscripts should be used to inform your grant proposals. Each study should be the “pilot study” for the next project in your program of research. Based on your review article and your dissertation publication, what is the next important piece of research? Your grants should also progress from small, perhaps internal grants funded by your college or university, to larger grants—first from specialty organizations or other nursing organizations (such as MNRS, Sigma Theta Tau, or the American Nurses’ Foundation) to even larger grants, such as an R15, R21, R03, or a new investigator R01. While the grant proposal is being reviewed, you need to be collecting data for that or another project. Starting your career with a small study, with or without funding, is a good way to begin.

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  • career mobility
  • faculty
  • nursing research


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