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2012 RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Conducting a Range of Studies

Sep 21, 2012, 9:00 AM

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced a new cohort of Nurse Faculty Scholars—12 outstanding nursing faculty from across the country who have been chosen to participate in the prestigious program. Each Nurse Faculty Scholar receives a three-year $350,000 grant to pursue research, leadership training in all aspects of the faculty role, and mentoring from senior faculty at his or her institution. The award is given to junior faculty who show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing.

The scholars chosen this year are conducting a range of studies, looking at issues ranging from the relationship between sleep and obesity in adolescents, to the representation of minorities in genomic research, to resilience and psychological health in emergency department workers, to pregnancy planning and prenatal experiences among low-income, ethnically diverse women.

Among the new Scholars is Matthew Gallek, PhD, RN, CNRN, a professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona.  His research will use genetics/genomics to influence nursing care and practice in the management of patients suffering from brain injury. Watch Gallek’s interview with Arizona Public Media about being selected for the program.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.