So You Want to Be a Professor

So You Want to Be a Professor

Workshop Details

In 2019, WCN piloted a three-day workshop called, So You Want to be a Professor. The goal of these workshops was to increase interest in nursing education as a career, particularly among underrepresented students and practicing nurses.

Nurses smiling and sitting around a conference table

From experienced nursing faculty who represented diverse populations or had experience in nursing workforce diversity and health equity, students learned about how to build a career path towards nursing education including, the unique aspects of nursing education as a career, degree requirements and the variety of practice environments. The 2019 workshops were held at a community and technical college (Green River College), a public research university (University of Washington-Seattle), and a four- year private university (Seattle Pacific University). At the end of the workshop, participants completed a simple evaluation and feedback was very positive. Both faculty and students urged WCN to repeat the workshop.

Now the program is back and enhanced!

So You Want to be a Professor will now also include students and nurses interested in behavioral and mental health. 

The experienced pilot workshop faculty will serve as trainers for future workshops and workshops will also be held in central and eastern Washington. WCN coordinates with the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State (CNEWS) to find schools interested in participating in the So You Want to Be a Professor workshops. Thanks to the many schools that have expressed interest in hosting our next round of workshops! 

In addition, the University of Washington is interested in working with WCN to develop a program evaluation, which seeks to measure changes in participant’s attitudes toward nursing education as a career and provide guidance on program improvement.

So You Want to Be a Professor comes from the work of the WCN Diversity Advisory Committee. WCN convenes the WCN Diversity Advisory Committee as an advisory committee formed of leaders from state ethnic nursing associations including; the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Association for Nurses of African Heritage, the Western Washington Chapter of the National Hispanic Nurses Association, the Filipino and Professional Health Care Association of Washington, the Pacific Northwest Chinese Nurses Association and the Samoan Nurses Association. Nurse scholars experienced in the area of equity and diversity also contribute to the committee. This committee is key to developing strategies to increase nursing diversity in nursing education.

Currently, workshop faculty and the WCN Diversity Advisory Committee are meeting with schools interested in the next phase of the program. And WCN will post details (dates, times, locations, etc.) of the next workshops right here as they come available. 

If you have any questions about the workshops or would like to be added to a communication list to receive workshop information updates, please email Frank Kohel at

WCN’s article in the Seattle Times promotes the rewarding career of nurse educators.

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