The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing is one of 14 schools of nursing nationwide to receive a grant from a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs, according to a news release.
Through the grant, the UIC College of Nursing was able to choose one student to receive financial support, mentoring and leadership development for a three-year PhD program. The college selected incoming PhD student Stephanie Laren Riesche as its Future of Nursing Scholar. Her research will involve the intersection between biological and social experiences and their combined impact on maternal health and birth outcomes, according to the release.
The UIC CON is honored to be selected as a partner in the RWJF goal to accelerate the development of the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders, Linda Scott, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs for the UIC College of Nursing, said in the release. The caliber of our students, coupled with the depth and breadth of our faculty scholars, provide a robust learning environment for scientific inquiry and skill development.
The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. The program plans to support up to 100 PhD nursing candidates over its first two years.
We cannot build a culture of health without many more highly educated nurse leaders, Julie Fairman, RN, PhD, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director, said in the release. PhD-prepared nurses are leaders in research, innovation, policy and education. The alumni of the Future of Nursing Scholars program will be among the nurse leaders who pioneer the groundbreaking research that provides solutions to our most pressing health problems, and they will educate thousands of nurses over the course of their careers. We are creating the next generation of change-makers.