FNS Program Selects 31 Schools of Nursing to Receive Grants to Prepare PhD Nurses

December 11, 2017 4:13 pm

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Future of Nursing Scholars Program Selects 31 Schools of Nursing to Receive Grants to Prepare PhD Nurses

RWJF announces the fifth and final cohort for innovative program

Philadelphia—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 31 schools of nursing selected to receive grants to support up to 58 nurses as they pursue their PhDs. These schools comprise the fifth cohort of grantees of the Future of Nursing Scholars program. Each school will select one or two students to receive financial support, mentoring, and leadership development over the three years of their PhD programs. To support their studies, the program provides scholars with a $75,000 scholarship and the leadership, research, and other skills they need to take their nursing careers to the highest levels. These funds are matched by a commitment of $50,000 from the scholars’ schools of nursing. The 58 nurses supported in this round will join 155 Scholars across the four previous cohorts.

“Our fifth cohort of Scholars will join an impressive group of nurse researchers who are already making significant contributions to the field. This program is designed to empower nurse leaders to progress efficiently. The selected scholars will complete their PhDs in an expedited three year time frame,” said Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director and the Nightingale professor of nursing and the chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

In its landmark nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the country double the number of nurses with doctorates. While enrollment in doctorate of nursing practice programs has increased exponentially, PhD enrollment has seen less growth. The Future of Nursing Scholars program was designed to increase PhD-prepared nurses. Doing so will ensure that more nurses are conducting vital research and will also help address the nurse faculty shortage.

“When this program concludes, we will have graduated more than 200 PhD prepared nurses. RWJF is thrilled to see the program succeed so well, and we are very thankful for the other funders who have joined us in support of this work,” said Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing.

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Sharp HealthCare, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to schools of nursing this year.

The schools selected for Future of Nursing Scholars grants are:

  • Case Western Reserve University (2 Scholars)
  • City University of New York (1 Scholar)
  • Columbia University (2 Scholars)
  • Duke University (2 Scholars)
  • Emory University (2 Scholars)
  • Indiana University (2 Scholars)
  • Johns Hopkins University (2 Scholars)
  • Marquette University  (2 Scholars)
  • Ohio State University (2 Scholars)
  • Pennsylvania State University (2 Scholars)
  • Rush University (1 Scholar)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (2 Scholars)
  • University of Arizona (2 Scholars)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (1 Scholar)
  • University of Cincinnati (2 Scholars)
  • University of Florida (2 Scholars)
  • University of Hawaii (2 Scholars)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (2 Scholars)
  • University of Minnesota (2 Scholars)
  • University of Missouri (2 Scholars)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2 Scholars)
  • University of Pennsylvania (2 Scholars)
  • University of Pittsburgh (2 Scholars)
  • University of San Diego (1 Scholar)
  • University of South Carolina (2 Scholars)
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center (2 Scholars)
  • University of Texas at Austin (2 Scholars)
  • University of Washington (2 Scholars)
  • Villanova University (2 Scholars)
  • Wayne State University (2 Scholars)
  • Yale University (2 Scholars)

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