Frances DiAnna Kinder, Ph.D., and Daisy Sherry, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of Lasallian Advance Practice Nurse (APN) educators in dual roles of faculty and health care provider. This project was a research collaboration involving two investigators from two Lasallian Universities. A mixed methods design was used to pilot an electronic survey among faculty who teach in the discipline of nursing and are licensed, board-certified nurse practitioners. Results support that most APN faculty perceived their clinical practice was beneficial to their teaching role. The teaching load along with clinical practice seem to present challenges to faculty. Responsibilities for both roles was a hardship and support to blend their clinical practice with offering a quality education for students is needed. APN faculty offer students a unique, real-life perspective in the classroom but at the same time are challenged by role requirements of teaching, practice and scholarship. Lasallian investigators highlight faculty challenges and together by association promote research collaborations.

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Advanced Practice Nurse Faculty Perception


APN faculty, nurse practitioner faculty, perception of faculty role, Lasallian collaboration


About the Authors

Frances DiAnna-Kinder obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing from Felician College in 1980, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from La Salle University and attended Gwynedd-Mercy College for her MSN to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She finished her PhD in nursing at Widener University in 2012. She has held a variety of nursing roles and worked in the neonatal intensive care for 15 years. In addition to practicing as a PNP, she is a tenured, Associate Professor at La Salle University where she teaches pediatrics for the undergraduate and graduate programs. She has published her instrument, vaccine refusal studies and several nursing research projects in pediatric journals. She attended the IALU in 2015. She has presented at nursing organization conferences, Huether and Lasallian International research symposiums. She has been on mission trips to Haiti and took students to the Generalate in Rome for a pediatric clinical.


Daisy Sherry PhD, ACNP-BC, is Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Lewis University. She holds a doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she also earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing. Since 2001, she has been nationally board-certified as a nurse practitioner with specialization in Adult Acute Care. Since 2007, Daisy has helped to develop new nurse practitioner programs at Lewis, including the DNP and has served in her leadership position since 2014. Daisy’s program of research includes dissertation and post-doctoral fellowship (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2011-2013) project topics on the promotion of physical activity, motivational interviewing, and trust in the patient-provider relationship. More recent projects include the provision of quality care and interdisciplinary collaboration.

ISSN: 2151-2515
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