The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation selected 12 nursing faculty members from across the country to participate in its Nurse Faculty Scholars program this year. The program strengthens the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by developing the next generation of leaders in academic nursing. It has provided $28 million during five years to junior nursing faculty to promote their academic careers and research, and reduce the nation’s severe nurse faculty shortage. This is the fourth cohort of RWJF scholars.
Each scholar receives a three-year, $350,000 grant to pursue research and mentoring from senior faculty at his or her institution. The scholars chosen this year are conducting a range of health studies, including using story-telling to encourage Native American women to get mammograms and investigating whether home improvements can realize health benefits for disabled, low-income seniors.
“Several scholars in earlier cohorts have published their research and are already helping to improve healthcare and advance nursing and nursing education,” Jacquelyn Campbell, RN, PhD, FAAN, national program director for the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, said in a news release.
This year’s Nurse Faculty Scholar award recipients and their research projects include Anna Beeber, RN, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Developing Best Nursing Practices in Assisted Living”; Jennifer Bellot, RN, PhD, MHSA, Thomas Jefferson University, “Painting a Portrait of Utilization and Integration: Medicare and Nurse Managed Centers”; Tina Bloom, RN, PhD, University of Missouri, “Internet-Based Safety Planning with Abused Pregnant Rural Women”; Alexa Doig, RN, PhD, University of Utah, “Simulation Training to Reduce Medication Errors Caused by Interruptions”; Jill Esquivel, RN, PhD, NP, University of California, San Francisco, “A Self-Care Intervention for Hispanic Patients with Heart Failure”; Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, RN, MPH, PhD, CPH, University of Miami, “Youth: Together Against Teen Dating Violence”; Nalo Hamilton, RN, PhD, WHNP/ANP-BC, University of California, Los Angeles, “Insulin-Like Growth Factor-2, Estrogen Receptors and Racial Disparities”; Emily Haozous, RN, PhD, University of New Mexico, “Digital Storytelling and Medical Mistrust in American Indian Women”; Tsui-Sui Annie Kao, FNP-BC, PhD, University of Michigan, “Family Collective Efficacy: An Underdeveloped Mechanism to Minimize Adolescent Risk Behaviors”; Matthew McHugh, RN, PhD, JD, MPH, CRNP, University of Pennsylvania, “Nursing Care Environment, Neighborhood and Racial and Ethnic Disparities”; Elena Siegel, RN, PhD, University of California, Davis, “Leadership Support for Quality Improvement in Nursing Homes”; and Sarah Szanton, RN, MSN, PhD, CRNP, Johns Hopkins University, “Bio-Behavioral Mediators of Enhanced Daily Function in Disabled Low-Income Older Adults.”
To learn more about the program, visit NurseFacultyScholars.org.