Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars: Growing the Next Generation of Academic Nurse Leaders

A Progress Report

Field of Work: Creating leaders in academic nursing

Problem Synopsis: Thousands of qualified applicants are turned away from nursing schools each year because of an acute shortage of faculty and other teaching resources. One reason is that too few nurses choose to pursue academic teaching careers, which are characterized by intense workloads and meager salaries, coupled with a lack of prestige in the faculty role, and the loss of patient contact and practice ties. Adding to the overall problem, minority racial and ethnic groups, as well as men, are underrepresented among nursing faculty.

Synopsis of the Work: The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to young faculty.

Key Results

  • The program has admitted four cohorts—15 members each in 2008 and 2009 , and 12 each in 2010 and 2011. The 54 scholars represent 44 U.S. colleges and universities. The scholars have excelled in research and leadership productivity. Since the beginning of the program in 2008:

    • Nine scholars have been inducted into the American Academy of Nursing, the most prestigious honor in nursing.
    • Eight have been promoted to associate professor in their schools of nursing.
    • Twelve have received academic honors or awards.
    • Scholars have published close to 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
    • Scholars have secured $32,098,159 in research grants, including grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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