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Nurse Faculty Mentoring in a Remote Setting: Using the NLN Position Statement as a Mentoring Guide

Diane Anderson (Chamberlain College of Nursing, USA)
Lynda Stallwood (Chamberlain College of Nursing, USA)
Tammy P. Zybell (Chamberlain College of Nursing, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 11:15am
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Discovery Session 2

There is a dearth of knowledge regarding mentoring of faculty in remote settings. Strategies to fill this gap are provided.

Extended Abstract

Nurse Faculty Mentoring in a Remote Setting: Using the NLN Position Statement as a Mentoring Guide

There is abundant literature supporting the positive effect that mentoring has on faculty development and retention in campus-based settings. Physical presence, collaboration and resources are readily available in this venue. However, there is a dearth of knowledge regarding the design and implementation of faculty mentoring in remote settings where tangible partnerships with peers and other resources are absent.

The exponential growth of online nursing program enrollments has created a demand for faculty to teach in that setting. The development of a mentoring process for remote-based faculty members addressing the unique challenges associated with that role is necessary. The aim of this presentation is to fill the gap addressing the mentoring needs of online faculty members. Topics such as orientation to online teaching platforms, physical distance from peers and resources as well as time zone differences are highlighted. The National League for Nursing (NLN) created a position statement guiding campus-based faculty mentoring that is adapted to meet remote faculty mentoring needs. This topic is explored and suggestions for practical application of the NLN Mentoring Guide for remote faculty are provided.

Audience engagement will be accomplished through the use of polling questions and audience contribution.

Online faculty across the career continuum will benefit from this presentation. It provides innovative ideas for mentoring.

The session outcomes focus on highlighting the growth of online nursing education, the unique characteristics of online faculty mentoring challenges, the evaluation and the benefits of faculty mentoring, and the adaptation of the NLN position statement focused on mentoring for remote settings. Participants will be encouraged to adapt these strategies making them suitable for implementation at their institution. The content will be presented in a guided discussion format allowing for spontaneous open dialogue. Participants will be encouraged to share their past and current experience with mentoring.

PowerPoint slides and polling web links will be submitted to the conference proceedings.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Diane Anderson has been a practicing nurse for over 36 years, and held numerous clinical roles in Critical Care, Case Management, and Radiology. She has also held several roles in administration before becoming a nurse educator full time in 2007. She graduated from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her DNP in 2010, and currently teaches pre-licensure BSN students as a full time online faculty member for Chamberlain College of Nursing. Dr. Anderson has taught at the Diploma, BSN, and MSN levels of nursing.