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Clarke Nursing Professor Appointed to National Task Force

Jan Lee, Ph.D., professor, and chair of the Nursing Department at Clarke University, has been selected as one of ten people to serve on a national task force for the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing.

In March 2008, AACN members voted to endorse a position statement on The Preferred Vision of the Professoriate in Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs. Based on the assumption that the terminal degree in nursing is the doctorate (research or practice-focused), this document outlined the desired education level and responsibilities for full- and part-time faculty, clinical instructors, and preceptors teaching in AACN member institutions. Given evolving role expectations for faculty, the rapid rise in the pool of DNP-prepared educators, and the recommendations contained in the AACN-Manatt report, the task force will reassess the preferred vision to ensure its adequacy in providing guidance to AACN member schools on developing future faculty at all levels.

The task force is charged with updating the 2008 position statement; evaluating the opportunities possible with academic and practice partnerships and the implications for the professoriate; assessing how current leadership development initiatives support faculty’s lifelong learning needs, including recommendations for resources to support the faculty role; and recommendations for incorporation of interprofessional education.

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