The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program was designed to increase the stature and academic standing of nursing faculty and draw more nurses to teaching careers by creating a cadre of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards to outstanding junior nursing faculty.Dr. Djukic was selected as a 2012 RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar. The overall goal of her project is to explore nurse manager implementation of evidence-based nurse work environment improvement strategies which are related to positive patient outcomes. Utilizing a correlational survey design and multivariate analysis, the study will first examine the impact of several individual and organizational factors on nurse manager reported implementation of these evidence based strategies. The second aim is to further explain the quantitative findings using a qualitative descriptive design and content analysis. The findings will inform the development of interventions to support nurse managers in leading collaborative improvements in health care environments based on the best available evidence to secure high quality healthcare.Over the next three years in the program, Dr. Djukic will have 60 percent protected time to focus on program activities; receive financial support for career development activities in her research and scholarly focus area; work closely with institutional and national mentors to develop her career as an academic nurse leader; and receive training and mentoring in areas such as developing a research and academic career plan, securing research funding, integrating research and scholarship into teaching, exerting leadership through professional and university service, influencing health care policy through research, and developing skills to assume a senior leadership role in academic nursing.
Amount Awarded $350,000.00
Awarded on: 8/2/2012
Time frame: 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2015
Grant Number: 70321