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Home : Media
April 2010

Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development Program Seeks to Curtail Shortage by Focusing on Faculty Retention

Indianapolis – Research indicates that a contributing factor to the global nursing shortage is the lack of nursing faculty. Simply, schools with vacant faculty positions accept fewer students into their programs. In response to this issue, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), with support from The Elsevier Foundation, is piloting a new program, the Nurse Faculty Mentored Leadership Development (NFMLD) program. This initiative is focused on building and retaining the next generation of nurse faculty through mentored leadership development.

Research also shows that new nurse faculty who have worked successfully with a mentor have higher job satisfaction and increased promotions and mobility than those without mentors. Mentored nurse faculty are also more productive in obtaining competitive grants, leading professional organizations and publishing in scholarly books and journals articles.

“Administered by our International Leadership Institute using a successful mentoring model, this initiative will help alleviate the nurse faculty crisis by nurturing new nurse educators as they acclimate to the role within their institutions,” says STTI CEO Patricia E. Thomson, RN, EdD, FAAN.

The 2010-11 program kicked off 19-22 April 2010 in Indianapolis. Each program participant, selected in a competitive process, has designed a team-based project to improve nursing education. The implementation, evaluation and dissemination of the project serves as a vehicle for the new faculty to develop leadership knowledge and skills. A few of the project abstracts submitted are titled:  Learning in Simulated Environments, Overcoming the Evidence-Based Practice Gap and Integrating Gerontology Content into APN Curriculum.

2010-11 Program Participants

Participants in the NFMLD program represent 16 states and 28 universities and will work for the next 18 months through this intense and comprehensive leadership curriculum. Activities include a face-to-face meeting; online discussion forums; and regular, structured communication between and among scholars, mentors and expert faculty leaders.

Scholar/mentor pairs

Scholars  Mentors
Tonya Rutherford-Hemming, RN, MSN, APRN/ANP-BC Jeanette Rossetti, RN, EdD, MS
Loyola University Chicago Northern Illinois University
Laurie L. Stark, RN, MS, PhD(c)   Ermalynn M. Kiehl, PhD, CSN, ARNP
University of South Florida University of Louisville
Joanna Guenther, RN, PhD, FNP-C Keith Ellen Ragsdale, RN, EdD
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Concordia University Texas Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing
Mabel C. Ezeonwu, RN, PhD Bobbie A. Berkowitz, RN, PhD, FAAN
University of Washington Bothell  University of Washington
Janis Puglisi, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC  Laurie Kennedy-Malone, PhD, APRN-BC, FAANP, FAGHE
East Carolina University    University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Frances M. Rice-Farrand, DNP, APRN, CNS Mary T. Quinn Griffin, RN, MSN, MEd, PhD
Los Angeles City College Case Western Reserve University
Katherine Menard, RN, MSN, CCRN Michael L. Williams, RN, PhD(c), MSN, CCRN, CNE
Northern Michigan University Eastern Michigan University
Michael T. Clark, DrNP, CRNP Christine Bradway, RN, PhD, CRNP
Temple University University of Pennsylvania
Bette A. Mariani, RN, PhD  Barbara J. Patterson, RN, PhD
Villanova University Widener University
Haifa Abou Samra, PhD, RNC-NIC Jacqueline McGrath, RN, PhD, FNAP, FAAN
South Dakota State University School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University
Janet M. Phillips, RN, PhD Jane H. Barnsteiner, RN, PhD, FAAN
Indiana University School of Nursing University of Pennsylvania
Karen Ruth Breitkreuz, RN, EdD, MSN  Virginia Adams, RN, PhD
University of Connecticut University of North Carolina Wilmington
Andrew C. Storer, DNP, CRNP Evelyn M. Clingerman, RN, PhD
Thomas Jefferson University University of Texas, Austin
Brenda W. Dyal, MSN, ARNP-BC Myra D. Williams, RN, PhD
Valdosta State University University of Florida College of Nursing
Deborah Jones, RN, PhD Diane Billings, RN, EdD
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Indiana University School of Nursing

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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has inducted more than 400,000 members in 86 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s 469 chapters are located at 586 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

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