ERIC Number: ED308735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Nursing Faculty Participation in Professional Organizations.
Blais, Kathleen Koernig; Frock, Terri
A survey was conducted of nursing faculty participation in professional organizations. A survey instrument was developed and submitted to three faculty in two schools of nursing for critique of content validity; questions related to both demographics and membership and participation in the Florida Nurses Association/American Nurses Association (FNA/ANA) and other professional organizations. Questionnaires were distributed, through deans and directors of schools of nursing in Florida, to 440 nursing faculty; 180 responses were returned, for a response rate of 41%. Results included the following: (1) membership was indicated in 40 professional nursing organizations, with 43% indicating no membership, 21.2% with one membership, and 21% with two memberships; (2) 42% identified professional responsibility as the reason for belonging to FNA/ANA, and 38% indicated cost was their reason for not belonging; and (3) 3% indicated that membership was required by their employing organization, 72% indicated that it was recommended, and 26% indicated that it was neither required nor recommended. Concern is expressed about the large number of professional organizations to which nurses can belong in that such diversion of unity can lead to reduced power for the profession. Contains seven references. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: This study was conducted with the assistance of the Florida Nurses Association.