External Scholarship Mentors for DNP-Prepared Faculty: A Practice-Oriented Exemplar

Jayne Jennings Dunlap, Tracy L. Brewer, Rosalie O. Mainous

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Background: Variability surrounding what practice scholarship should entail and how to incorporate into academic life exists among DNP-prepared faculty teaching across nursing programs. Problem: DNP-prepared faculty entering an academic role are expected to maintain a clinical practice, teach/advise students, and fulfill service obligations, often leaving minimal time to build a program of scholarship. Approach: Building upon the archetype of external mentors for PhD researchers, we introduce a new model for external mentorship for DNP-prepared faculty to facilitate scholarship. Outcomes: In the first dyad to use this model, the mentor-mentee met/exceeded all contractual goals, including presentations, manuscripts, leadership behaviors, and role navigation within higher education. More external dyads are currently in development. Conclusions: Securing an external, seasoned mentor as a match for a junior member of the faculty in a yearlong partnership demonstrates promise for positive change in the scholarship trajectory of DNP-prepared faculty in higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-246
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Educator
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2023

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  • faculty
  • mentorship
  • nurse
  • practice
  • scholarship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • LPN and LVN


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