Fourteen Nursing Schools to Receive Grants
Jul 16, 2014, 10:44 AM
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced the first 14 schools of nursing selected to receive grants to support nurses as they pursue their PhDs. Each of the inaugural grantees of the Future of Nursing Scholars program will select one or more students to receive financial support, mentoring, and leadership development over the three years during which they pursue their PhDs.
The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to RWJF, United Health Foundation, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Rhode Island Foundation are supporting grants this year.
The program plans to support up to 100 PhD nursing candidates over its first two years.
In its landmark future of nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the country double the number of nurses with doctorates in order to support more nurse leaders, promote nurse-led science and discovery, and address the nurse faculty shortage. Right now, fewer than 30,000 nurses in the United States have doctoral degrees in nursing or a related field.
“This is a crucial and ambitious endeavor,” said Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing. “It’s one that everyone in our country should be engaged in and that’s why the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is inviting other funders to participate in this effort. We believe that working together, we can ensure that we are able to educate the PhD-prepared nurse leaders we need to shape the future of health care education, research, and policy.”
The schools of nursing that will receive Future of Nursing Scholars grants this year are: Columbia University; Duke University; The Johns Hopkins University; Medical University of South Carolina; University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Francisco; University of Cincinnati; University of Illinois; University of Pennsylvania; University of Rhode Island; University of San Diego; University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; and Villanova University.
This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.