Future of Nursing Scholars Program Selects Three Post-Doc Fellows

April 2, 2019 4:00 pm

April 2, 2019

Philadelphia—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the three Future of Nursing Scholars selected to receive post-doctoral fellowship awards this year.  These Scholars are members of the program’s third cohort and will each receive $50,000 each from RWJF for their post-doctoral research.

  • Mary Hannan, BSN, MSN, APN, AGACNP-BC, is completing her PhD at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her post-doctoral project will be called, “Physical Inactivity in Older Adults Preparing for Kidney Transplant and the Role of Prehabilitation.”
  • Alberta Tran, BSN, RN, CCRN, is completing her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will remain there to conduct her post-doctoral project, “Specialty Practice, Career, and Educational Transitions in the Registered Nurse Workforce.”
  • Letitia Graves, MSN, RN-BC, is completing her PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. She will be the first scholar awarded the joint post-doctoral fellowship from the RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).  She will complete her post-doctoral project, “Gene Expression of Symptom Emergence Following Tissue Injury” at the NINR.

“The projects chosen this year will help us address critical knowledge gaps,” said Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars program 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.  “These outstanding nurse leaders are poised to make significant contributions to the field.  We are thrilled to continue our support of their incredible work.”

In its landmark nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the country double the number of nurses with doctorates. The Future of Nursing Scholars program was designed to increase the number of PhD-prepared nurses to help address the nurse faculty shortage and also prepare nurses to conduct vital research.

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