Transition to the tenure track for nurse faculty with young children: A case study

Cathlin B. Poronsky, Jennifer J. Doering, Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, Elizabeth I. Rice

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Recent efforts to ease the nursing shortage focus on recruiting and retaining younger faculty. The first years in a tenure-track position are especially challenging for new faculty who struggle to negotiate demands of academia along with parenting young children.These struggles may influence retention and require further exploration. A case study using qualitative content analysis was conducted on the transitioning experiences of three assistant professors of nursing, who had young children, during their first two years on tenure track at a research-intensive public university.Three main content areas emerged: adapting to the academic role, negotiating work/life demands, and benefiting from mentoring. To help ease the nurse faculty shortage, colleges and universities should strive to implement family-friendly policies and mentoring programs to retain faculty with young children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalNursing education perspectives
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Faculty retention
  • Mentoring
  • Nurse faculty shortage
  • Tenure track
  • Work-life balance


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