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5th Edition of

Singapore Nursing Research Conference

March 24-26, 2025 | Singapore

Nursing 2024

The lived experience of a nurse transitioning from a clinical setting to an academic environment

Speaker at Singapore Nursing Research Conference 2024 - Ismat Mikky
Bloomfield College of Montclair State University, United States
Title: The lived experience of a nurse transitioning from a clinical setting to an academic environment


The transition from nursing practice to academia is a challenging experience. Nurse educators new to the academic setting often experience role conflict and reality shock as they leave a clinically-oriented setting to academia. The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe and provide a deeper understanding of the previously unexplored experience of nurses transitioning from clinical settings to academic environments. A purposive sample of seven nurse educators described their experience and the narrative data from these interviews was analyzed using Coliazzi’s methodology. The findings revealed that the nurse’s ‘innate desire for teaching’ was the main impetus for transitioning to an academic role. Three major themes central to the lived experiences of neophyte nurse educators were identified. The three themes gleaned from this phenomenological study included: (1) struggling with the challenges in academia, (2) adjusting to the new role, and (3) balancing clinical background with academic responsibilities. The results of this study indicate there is a need for extensive graduate preparation for the academic role. Moreover, the study revealed a dire need for: 1) well-designed and long-term peer mentoring support, 2) allocation of resources to support newly-hired faculty, and 3) a formal evaluation system of novice nurse educators. 

Audience Take Away Notes:
• Revision of the Faculty Mentorship Program
• Reinforce a consistent utilization of guidelines and criteria for candidate peer evaluations
• Strategies to maintain faculty clinical practice and balance it with the teaching load
• Allocate resources to assist neophyte faculty for the new role


Dr. Mikky received his doctoral degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) in 2006. His Master degree in Nursing Education from the University of Hartford was funded by the Fulbright scholarship. He had completed special studies in cardiovascular nursing at Emory University and the program was funded by the United States Information Agency (USIA). Over the past 23 years of experience, since he had earned his BSN degree from Bethlehem University (Palestine) in 1991, he had assumed different nursing positions in various clinical and academic institutions; nationally and internationally. He received the “Carolyn Ladd Widmer Research” Award in acknowledgement of excellence in 2006. His areas of expertise include: nursing education, adult health nursing, cardiovascular nursing, and long-term care. The area of his research interest is focused on the construct of “empowerment among clients with chronic health conditions”. His scholarly work includes: conference presentations, research studies published in nursing journals, and three chapters in a handbook on transcultural nursing. Currently, he has been working as a tenured full professor in the FRANCES M. McLAUGHLIN DIVISION OF NURSIN at Bloomfield College of Montclair State University since 2009., Dr. Mikky has been appointed as the chairperson of the aforementioned program from July 2021-July 2023. He reviews manuscripts for four nursing Journals: Journal of Nursing Measurement, International Journal of Nursing Studies, Geriatric Nursing, International Journals of Health Planning and Management.