Future of Nursing Scholars Program Selects 28 Schools of Nursing to Receive Grants to Prepare PhD Nurses

January 26, 2017 6:11 pm

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Future of Nursing Scholars Program Selects 28 Schools of Nursing to Receive Grants to Prepare PhD Nurses

Multi-funder initiative aims to help reach Institute of Medicine goal to build the next generation of PhD prepared nursing leaders.

Philadelphia—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 28 schools of nursing selected to receive grants to support up to 51 nurses as they pursue their PhDs. These 28 schools comprise the fourth 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 each scholar with a $75,000 scholarship and the leadership, research, and other skills they need to take their nursing careers to the highest levels.

“The Future of Nursing Scholars program is making an incredible impact in real time. These nurses will complete their PhDs in three years, a much quicker progression than is typically seen in nursing PhD programs,” 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; doing so will prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health, promote nurse-led science and discovery, and put more educators in place to prepare the next generation of nurses. The Future of Nursing Scholars program is intended to help address that recommendation.

“We were pleased to see that enrollment in doctorate of nursing practice programs has increased 160% from 2010 to 2014. However, we want to ensure that we also have PhD-prepared nurse leaders in faculty and research roles. In the same time period, PhD enrollment has only increased by 14.6%. The nurses funded through the Future of Nursing Scholars program will make important contributions to the field and be well-prepared to mentor other nurses,” said Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing.

The 51 nurses supported in this round will join 109 Scholars across the three previous cohorts. The program plans to add a fifth cohort which will bring the number of funded Scholars to more than 200 nurses.

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Northwell Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Sharp HealthCare, Rush University Medical Center, Care Institute Group, 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:

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 (2 Scholars)
Ohio State University (2 Scholars)
Purdue University (2 Scholars)
Rush University (1 Scholars)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2 Scholars)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (2 Scholars)
University of Arizona (2 Scholars)
University of Cincinnati (2 Scholars)
University of Connecticut (2 Scholars)
University of Illinois (2 Scholars)
University of Kentucky (2 Scholars)
University of Miami (2 Scholars)
University of Michigan (2 Scholars)
University of Minnesota (2 Scholars)
University of Missouri (1 Scholar)
University of Pennsylvania (2 Scholars)
University of Pittsburgh (2 Scholars)
University of San Diego (1 Scholar)
University of Texas at Austin (2 s Scholars)
University of Texas Health Science Center (2 Scholars)
University of Washington (2 Scholars)
Wayne State University (1 Scholar)
Yale University (2 Scholars)

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