Two PhD students from the Villanova (Pa.) University College of Nursing, Brittany Stark, MSN, RN, and Michelle McKay, MSN, RN, CCRN, are among the second cohort of 46 Future of Nursing Scholars selected from schools of nursing across the country, according to a news release.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the names of the nurses on July 9. The two scholarships are funded by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and awarded by Villanova University.
“Brittany Stark and Michelle McKay represent the future of nursing,” M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and professor of nursing at Villanova, said in the release. “They are intelligent, forward thinking, committed and highly motivated scholars who will provide exceptional leadership to the nursing profession.”
Stark has research interests in organ transplant and victims of human trafficking.
McKay will target trauma prevention in the geriatric patient as well as explore nursing practices that support the appropriate care of the elderly post traumatic injury. She has particular interest in improving communication with the patient and the family involving prognosis and planning for discharge.
Future of Nursing Scholars receive financial support, mentoring and leadership development over the three years of their PhD program. The Future of Nursing Scholars program launched last year with an inaugural cohort of 16 scholars. The new cohort brings the number of nurses the program is supporting to 62. Each scholar receives a $75,000 grant from a funder, and an additional $50,000 from the school of nursing, according to the release.