Becoming a Nurse Faculty Leader: Doing Your Homework to Minimize Risk Taking

Catherine Pearsall, Karen T. Pardue, Sara Horton-Deutsch, Patricia K. Young, Judith Halstead, Kristine A. Nelson, Mary Lou Morales, Eileen Zungolo

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Risk taking is an important aspect of academic leadership; yet, how does taking risks shape leadership development, and what are the practices of risk taking in nurse faculty leadersα This interpretative phenomenological study examines the meaning and experience of risk taking among formal and informal nurse faculty leaders. The theme of doing your homework is generated through in-depth hermeneutic analysis of 14 interview texts and 2 focus group narratives. The practice of doing one's homework is captured in weighing costs and benefits, learning the context, and cultivating relationships. This study develops an evidence base for incorporating ways of doing one's homework into leadership development activities at a time when there is a tremendous need for nurse leaders in academic settings. Examining the practices of doing one's homework to minimize risk as a part of leadership development provides a foundation for cultivating nurse leaders who, in turn, are able to support and build leadership capacity in others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Academic leadership
  • Homework practices
  • Leadership
  • Nurse faculty leaders
  • Risk taking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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    Pearsall, C., Pardue, K. T., Horton-Deutsch, S., Young, P. K., Halstead, J., Nelson, K. A., Morales, M. L., & Zungolo, E. (2014). Becoming a Nurse Faculty Leader: Doing Your Homework to Minimize Risk Taking. Journal of Professional Nursing, 30(1), 26-33.