Date of Submission

Fall 11-23-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Peggi Winter

Second Advisor

Mary Lynne Knighten


The purpose of this article is to describe the challenges and regulatory knowledge gaps present in academic nursing leaders, explore orientation as an evidence-based approach to support leadership transition, recommend guiding frameworks, and report on the usefulness of orientations to facilitate academic regulatory compliance knowledge.

During this time of yet another nursing shortage, and considering the aging population and nursing workforce, professional organizations and nurse leaders strive to develop innovative solutions to attract individuals to nursing. The shortage is also present amongst the ranks of nursing faculty and academic nurse leaders and the profession needs strong leaders at the helm of the nursing programs to educate future nurses to meet workforce demands (AACN, 2020a). Nursing education and professional practice are exceedingly regulated through state licensures, boards of nursing approvals, and accreditations. Furthermore, institutions of higher education and nursing programs must successfully achieve academic, operational, and financial goals within this highly regulated climate. This article offers a plan to design and implement such an orientation for recently appointed academic nurse leaders.