Academic Rank Barriers for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

Patricia A. Mackey, Shari T. Perez, Melanie A. Frederixon, Jane B. Northern, Heidi J. Garcia, Kara L. Boyd, Tammy L. Larson-Cain, Kimberly A. Jameson, Curtiss B. Cook

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess physician assistant (PA) and nurse practitioner (NP) perceived barriers to obtaining academic rank. A questionnaire was administered to PAs and NPs at the 3 main campuses of an academic medical enterprise. Of the 800 surveys sent out, 403 (50%) were returned. Overall, 70% of respondents indicated that they did not have academic rank. Most (74%) felt that achieving rank was important. The most common barrier to achieving rank was "lack of time" 64% indicated 2 or more barriers. Strategies to improve recognition through academic advancement need to be developed and tested for their effect on PA and NP careers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e211-e218
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

Keywords

  • Academic rank
  • Attitudes
  • Barriers
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Physician assistant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • LPN and LVN
  • Fundamentals and skills

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    Mackey, P. A., Perez, S. T., Frederixon, M. A., Northern, J. B., Garcia, H. J., Boyd, K. L., Larson-Cain, T. L., Jameson, K. A., & Cook, C. B. (2016). Academic Rank Barriers for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12(5), e211-e218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2016.02.004