The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced Sept. 8 the first 16 nurses who are receiving scholarships through its Future of Nursing Scholars program to pursue PhDs in nursing.
The students were selected by schools of nursing that have received grants to provide those scholarships. Each Future of Nursing Scholar will receive financial support, mentoring and leadership development over the three years of the PhD program.
The scholars who comprise our inaugural cohort are highly dedicated nurses who are excited about the opportunity to address important questions in healthcare, lead the transformation of our healthcare system, and help build a culture of health, Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJFs senior adviser for nursing, said in a news release. They are surely among our best and brightest. This program will give them the resources and support they need to complete their PhDs and to join the ranks of the many nurse leaders that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has invested in over the last four decades.
Last month, the new Future of Nursing Scholars attended a two-day orientation session at which they learned more about the program and participated in sessions to help them build the skills they will need in their PhD programs. The scholars will select the focus of their doctoral research.
In its landmark nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended the country double the number of nurses with doctorates. Doing so will support more nurse leaders, promote nurse-led science and discovery and put more educators in place to prepare the next generation of nurses, according to the IOM. Fewer than 30,000 (or 1%) of the nations more than 3 million nurses have doctoral degrees in nursing or a related field. While enrollment in doctor of nursing practice programs has risen dramatically over the past few years, enrollment in PhD programs has been relatively flat, and the average age at which nurses get their PhDs in the U.S. is 46 13 years older than PhD earners in other fields, according to the release.
We are proud to support such a diverse and committed group of nurses on their doctoral journeys, said Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director.”
In addition to RWJF, United Health Foundation, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Rhode Island Foundation are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to schools of nursing this year.
The nurses selected for Future of Nursing Scholars scholarships are:
Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:
Duke University, Durham, N.C.: Brittney Sullivan, MSN, CPNP and Rose Mary Xavier, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.: Sarah J. Allgood, BSN, RN
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston: Desiree R. Bertrand, MSN, RN
University of California, Davis: Sarah Brown Blake, MS, RN,
University of California, Los Angeles: Nhu Tran, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCRP
University of California, San Francisco: Alexis Chettiar, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC
University of Cincinnati: Daniel Arthur Lincoln Hopgood, BSN, RN
University of Illinois at Chicago: Laren Riesche, MSN, BS, RN
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston: Latia Michelle Wade Hickerson, MPH, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC
Supported by Independence Blue Cross Foundation:
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: Liz Novack, BSN, RN, and Stephen Perez, MS, RN, NP
Villanova (Pa.) University: Faith Ikarede Atte, RN, MSN
Supported by United Health Foundation:
Columbia University, New York: Sainfer Aliyu, MS, RN
Supported by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center:
University of San Diego: Millicent G. De Jesus, MSN, RN-BC
Supported by Rhode Island Foundation:
University of Rhode Island, Kingston: Pamela L. McCue, MS, RN