The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced that 25 schools of nursing have been selected to receive grants to support 48 nurses as they pursue their PhDs.
These schools comprise the second cohort of grantees of the RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program, and each of these school will select one or two students to receive financial support, mentoring and leadership development during the three years of their PhD programs, according to a news release.
In addition to RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Ascension Health, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System and the Rhode Island Foundation are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to schools of nursing this year, according to the release.
The Future of Nursing Scholars program is intended to help address the recommendations of the landmark Institute of Medicine nursing report, which called for doubling the number of nurses with doctorates in the U.S.
Increasing the number of nurses with PhDs will help 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 release.
“At RWJF, we are working to build a culture of health that enables everyone in the United States to live the healthiest lives possible,” Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing, said in the release. “This program will create the transformative nurse leaders who can make that vision a reality by driving crucial changes in healthcare and inspiring future generations of nurses to achieve even more.”
Less than 1% the nation’s more than 3 million nurses have PhDs in nursing or a related field, 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. The program will provide an incentive for nurses to start PhD programs earlier so that they can have long leadership careers after earning their PhDs.
“The Future of Nursing Scholars represent some of the best and brightest minds in nursing today,” Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director, said in the release. “Each of them has committed to complete their PhD education in only three years. To support their studies, we provide each scholar with a $75,000 scholarship and the leadership, research and other skills they need to take their nursing careers to the highest levels. They will be at the leading edge of healthcare research and nursing education.”
For more information about the schools selected to receive the grants, visit www.rwjf.org/en/library/articles-and-news/2015/03/future-of-nursing-scholars-program-selects-25-schools.htm.