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Transistion from clinical practitioner to academic educator: the experiences of radiography lecturers in Nigeria

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Michael Promise Ogolodom ,
Michael Promise Ogolodom

Department of Radiography, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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H.U.Chiegwu ,
H.U.Chiegwu

Department of Radiography and Radiological Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra State, Nigeria

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Awajimijan Nathaniel Mbaba ,
Awajimijan Nathaniel Mbaba

Department of Radiology, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Abdul Fatai K. Bakre ,
Abdul Fatai K. Bakre

Department of Radiography and Radiation Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria

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Elizabeth O. Balogun ,
Elizabeth O. Balogun

Department of Radiography and Radiation Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Oyo State, Ibadan, Nigeria

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Annmaris Chimebere Obasi ,
Annmaris Chimebere Obasi

Department of Radiography, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Emeka E. Ezugwu ,
Emeka E. Ezugwu

Department of Radiography, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Tessy Agwere Onwuka ,
Tessy Agwere Onwuka

Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Egop Egop Brownson ,
Egop Egop Brownson

Department of Radiology, Government House Clinic, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigera

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Misael Ron ,
Misael Ron

Industrial Engineer, Specialist in Occupational Health and Hygiene of the work Environment, Specialist in Strategic Management, Doctoral Candidate in Public Health. University of Carabobo, Venezuela

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Abstract

Background: Clinical educators are essential in radiography education programmes. Transitioning from clinical practicing radiographers to academic educators is a rewarding journey. This study was designed to examine the experience of Radiography Lecturers in the Nigerian universities that converted from radiography practitioners to academic educators. Materials and methods: A Google form questionnaire-based study design was conducted among 35 radiography lecturers in Nigeria. Only lecturers in Nigerian Universities who had worked as radiography clinical practitioners before transited to academics and consented to participate in this study were included. The questionnaire captured responses on socio-demographic variables, challenges, barriers, successes of transition from practitioners to academic educators. Results: The majority 17(48.6%) of the respondents earned income of above #251,000.00 as a practicing radiographers. Of the 35 respondents, the majority 12(34.3%) each respectively earned #101,000.00 -#150,000.00 and #151,000.00 - #200,000.00 as an academic radiographers. Majority 17(48.6%) of the respondents agreed that the main challenge they are encountering as an academic educator is rigorous research activities. Family issues affected smooth transition process as 23(65.7%) of the respondents agreed to that. Majority 18(51.4%) perceived mentorship as the key factor responsible for smooth transition from practice to academic. There was statistically significant relationship between gender and challenges encountered by the responders (χ2 = 28.194, p = 0.00). Conclusion: The respondents experienced different challenges as they transited from clinical practice to academic. Mentorship is the key factor that militated against the smooth transition process. There was statistically significant relationship between gender and challenges encountered by the responders.

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Promise Ogolodom M, Chiegwu H, Mbaba AN, Bakre AFK, Balogun EO, Chimebere Obasi A, Ezugwu EE, Onwuka TA, Brownson EE, Ron M. Transistion from clinical practitioner to academic educator: the experiences of radiography lecturers in Nigeria. Salud, Ciencia y Tecnología [Internet]. 2024 Jun. 8 [cited 2024 Jun. 20];4:1117. Available from: https://revista.saludcyt.ar/ojs/index.php/sct/article/view/1117

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