Emily J. Jones, PhD, RNC-OB, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar on Oct. 3, along with 11 other nursing faculty members from around the U.S.
The scholar award is given to junior nurse faculty who show strong promise as future leaders in academic nursing, according to a news release. Each scholar receives a three-year, $350,000 award to pursue research, leadership training and mentoring from senior faculty at the scholars institution. The scholars chosen this year are conducting studies on issues including pediatric asthma, dementia, health literacy, HIV treatment and the use of technology to improve access and outcomes for rural and uninsured individuals.
Jones research program is designed to contribute to and advance the science focused on reducing cardiometabolic disparities in American Indian women, their families and communities, according to the release.
Each of our scholars has enormous potential and a deep commitment to educating nurses, improving health and healthcare and building a culture of health in this country, Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJFs national nurse faculty scholars program director, said in the release. We look forward to working with this new group as they conduct groundbreaking research, strengthen the academy and advance the nations health.
The RWJF program is helping more junior faculty succeed in, and commit to, academic careers, according to the release. The program also enhances the stature of the scholars academic institutions, which will benefit fellow nurse educators seeking professional development opportunities.
To receive the award, scholars must be RNs who have completed a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline and who have held a tenure-eligible faculty position at an accredited nursing school for at least two years and no more than five years.