The Eastern Shore Faculty Academy and Mentorship Initiative (ES-FAMI), a collaborative effort among the Departments of Nursing at Salisbury University, Chesapeake College and Wor-Wic Community College, prepares experienced BS, MS, and DNP-prepared registered nurses for new roles as part-time clinical nursing faculty. The lack of qualified nursing faculty, especially those from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds, is a concern among nursing schools across the nation. Additional objectives of this program are the recruitment of clinical experts in high demand specialties (maternal/newborn, pediatrics, mental health, and community health) and encouragement of ES-FAMI graduates to further their education.
Practice partners representing all regions of the Eastern Shore of Maryland include Atlantic General Hospital, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health have joined the collaboration to enhance visibility of ES-FAMI within each healthcare system, provide feedback on the ES-FAMI curriculum for necessary revisions, and to facilitate entry of expert clinicians from their respective organizations into the Academy as part of life-long learning.
ES-FAMI is a 30 contact-hour program beginning with a face-to-face introductory session followed by 2-weeks of intensive online instruction. Simulation sessions that depict common, “real-life” clinical teaching encounters are scheduled in weeks 3/4. Group and individual mentoring activities are arranged thereafter. Attendees receive a generous stipend for completion of all Academy activities and are expected to teach at least one clinical section per year for a two year period as needed by the partner schools. The Academy maintains an electronic database of graduates that is available for use by partner schools when seeking clinical instructors. The database is updated semi-annually and contains contact information, educational preparation, clinical expertise and previous teaching experience.
The mentoring aspect of ES-FAMI has been expanded with an emphasis on one-to-one mentoring by an experienced nursing faculty member. The ES-FAMI curriculum will also be refined with integration of a greater variety of distance learning strategies to better meet the needs of Academy attendees.
To date, ES-FAMI has 88 graduates, including 45% from under-represented groups. Fifty three percent (53%) of our graduates have taken part-time and 7% have taken full-time teaching positions. Almost a third (32%) of ESFAMI participants have enrolled in or completed a graduate degree.
The ES-FAMI program was recognized at the July 2015 Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress as one of three finalists for the Excellence in Academic Research Award.
Academy attendees learn about what is expected of part-time clinical faculty, how to design and manage experiences in a clinical setting, and principles of evaluating student performance and providing feedback.
Specific outcomes include the ability to:
**This project is supported by a Nurse Support II Grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission under the auspices of of the State of Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission.