Characteristics of schools of nursing operating academic nurse-managed centers

Joanne M. Pohl, Juliann G. Sebastian, Violet H. Barkauskas, M. Lynn Breer, Carolyn A. Williams, Marcia Stanhope, Jean Nagelkerk, Mary Kay Rayens

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Academic nurse-managed centers (ANMCs) can be important sites for addressing the tripartite mission of the academy. Yet, limited information about numbers of ANMCs and the schools sponsoring them is available. This paper presents an update on schools of nursing (SONs) operating ANMCs. A survey was sent to 683 deans and directors of baccalaureate and higher-degree SONs, with 565 responding (response rate: 83%). Ninety-two SONs indicated they had one or more ANMCs. The largest percentage of the SONs with ANMCs were classified as doctoral/research-intensive or extensive universities, a proportion much higher than the national percent of SONs in this category. Schools of Nursing were financially supporting centers at a lower percentage of actual costs than was reported in earlier studies, although grants continue to be a major source of funding. Academic nurse-managed centers are likely to be supported by SONs with substantial research, practice, faculty, and student resources. Overall, the national number of ANMCs seems stationary over the past two decades.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-295
Number of pages7
JournalNursing Outlook
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007

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In addition to the NP movement, the growth of ANMCs can be attributed to the convergence of several factors in the early 1980s. One was a re-orientation of nursing curricula to a stronger focus on disease prevention and health promotion, which called for practice settings in addition to those with a traditional disease orientation. 8,9 Another was the desire of faculty to practice and do research consistent with a nursing model of care, supported by stimuli such as the Faculty Practice Initiative launched in 1983 by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) 10 in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The focus of this initiative was to encourage SONs to re-engage with practice as a way of keeping faculty current in practice, to foster more realistic and meaningful educational opportunities for students, and to encourage faculty clinical scholarship. With partial funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1983, the AAN began a series of three faculty practice symposia, whose proceedings were published in monographs. 11-13 Another stimulus was increased federal funding from the Division of Nursing for the development of nurse models of primary and community-focused care. 14 Currently, data on ANMCs are limited. Only five previous national surveys of ANMCs have been reported in the literature. 8,15-18 Previous surveys explored the broad organizational and clinical services of ANMCs but provided limited information about the sponsoring SONs.

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  • General Nursing


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