Integrating a Career Planning and Development Program into the Baccalaureate Nursing Curriculum: Part III. Impact on Faculty’s Career Satisfaction and Confidence in Providing Student Career Coaching

Janice Waddell 1 , Karen Spalding 1 , Justine Navarro 2 ,  and Gianina Gaitana 3
  • 1 Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3, Canada
  • 2 Education, Spanning the Gap, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 3 Department of Nursing, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada
Janice Waddell, Karen Spalding, Justine Navarro and Gianina Gaitana


As career satisfaction has been identified as a predictor of retention of nurses across all sectors, it is important that career satisfaction of both new and experienced nursing faculty is recognized in academic settings. A study of a curriculum-based career planning and development (CPD) program was conducted to determine the program’s effects on participating students, new graduate nurses, and faculty. This third in a series of three papers reports on how the CPD intervention affected faculty participants’ sense of career satisfaction and confidence in their role as career educators and coaches. Faculty who participated in the intervention CPD intervention group reported an increase in confidence in their ability to provide career coaching and education to students. They further indicated that their own career development served to enhance career satisfaction; an outcome identified as a predictor of faculty career satisfaction. Study results suggest that interventions such as the one described in this paper can have a potentially positive impact in other settings as well.

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