The Transition from Military Nurse to Nurse Faculty: A Descriptive Study

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Aim The aim of this qualitative descriptive study was to describe the transition from military nurse to nurse faculty.

Background There is a global shortage of qualified nurse faculty. Recruitment of retiring or separating military nurses is a viable solution.

Methods Content and thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews of former military nurses (N=13) was undertaken.

Results The transition from military nurse to nurse faculty includes acknowledgment of the reality of academic culture, appreciation of the journey to bridge the gap, and culmination of a new identity. Leadership skills acquired during military service proved instrumental to a successful transition.

Conclusions Recognizing this transition and the strengths these nurses offer provides evidence for focused orientation programs to increase recruitment and retention of these faculty.


Chargualaf, K. A., Elliott, B., & Patterson, B. (2017). The transition from military nurse to nurse faculty: A descriptive study. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.1515/ijnes-2017-0027