Karen E. Johnson, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the University of Texas in Austin, is one of 12 nursing faculty members from across the country who were chosen in 2014 to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations Nurse Faculty Scholars program.
The RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program is working to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by developing the next generation of leaders in academic nursing, according to a news release. This is the programs seventh and final cohort.
The Nurse Faculty Scholar award is given to junior nurse faculty who show strong promise as future leaders in academic nursing. Scholars each receive a three-year, $350,000 award to pursue research, leadership training in all aspects of the faculty role, and mentoring from senior faculty at their institution. The scholars chosen this year are conducting a range of studies, examining issues such as pediatric asthma, dementia care, health literacy, HIV treatment and the use of technology to improve access and outcomes for rural and uninsured individuals.
Johnson is seeking to assess health-risk behaviors and protective factors among students in alternative high schools and school health policies in these schools by modifying and administering two surveys. The surveys will help establish a statewide public health surveillance system for these students, and to develop strength-based health promotion interventions for this high-risk, diverse and underserved population.
This award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a remarkable opportunity to lay the groundwork for, and ultimately impact, the health, social and educational disparities we see in the population of high-risk, yet resilient, youth in alternative high schools, Johnson said in the release. I am incredibly honored to be selected as part of this phenomenal cohort and looking forward to the opportunities the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program will provide to help me grow into a leader in academic nursing and adolescent health.
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.