Fifteen Junior Faculty Chosen as Prestigious "Nurse Faculty Scholars"

    • October 29, 2009

One is examining postpartum depression and how it affects mother/infant relationships. One is studying strategies to help patients feel more at ease in the final stages of life. Another is looking for ways to slow the spread of HIV infection among women who have been incarcerated. Yet another is using his grant to research the supplemental nurse workforce and links between the nursing workforce and patient outcomes.

All 15 of the newly selected Nurse Faculty Scholars are using their Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grants to conduct groundbreaking research that will improve health and health care in the United States. These outstanding nursing faculty from across the country have been selected as the second cohort of Nurse Faculty Scholars.

The RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of schools of nursing by developing the next generation of leaders in academic nursing. It is providing $28 million over five years to outstanding junior nursing faculty to help them succeed in, and commit to, academic careers. Many schools of nursing lack the resources needed to hire and support enough faculty to train the next generation of nurses. As a result, nursing schools are turning away thousands of qualified applicants—rejecting the very people who can help reverse a serious looming nurse shortage. As the supply of nurses shrinks and the demand for their services grows, patient care will suffer.

The Nurse Faculty Scholars program promotes the academic careers of talented junior faculty by providing them with salary and research support, as well as the chance to participate in institutional and national mentoring activities, leadership training, and networking events with colleagues in nursing and other fields. At the same time, they continue to teach and provide institutional, professional and community service in their universities. Each Nurse Faculty Scholar receives a three-year $350,000 grant to pursue his or her research, as well as 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.

Orientation Meeting

The second cohort of Nurse Faculty Scholars met for the first time at an Orientation Meeting in Denver in September. The meeting helped introduce each Nurse Faculty Scholar to the program and the Foundation, as well as providing a wealth of leadership and self-assessment tools.

Each Scholar brought his or her mentor, and experts at the meeting provided guidance on how to build strong and enduring mentee/mentor relationships in academia.

“I learned that Robert Wood Johnson Foundation truly is committed to the future of nursing by preparing us to be future leaders in nursing,” said Nurse Faculty Scholar Angela Hudson, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the School of Nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles. “I felt so honored to be surrounded by a cadre of wonderful nurse scholars, and to meet their mentors as well.”

The meeting concluded with a program conducted by Outward Bound, the non-profit educational organization that offers active learning expeditions that build leadership and teamwork.

Stellar Group

“The recipients of this year’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar awards have tremendous talent, skill and potential,” said Jacquelyn Campbell, Ph.D., R.N, F.A.A.N., who is Anna D. Wolf Chair and professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, which administers the program. “Their commitment to improving public health, advancing health care and sharing their knowledge with others is impressive. We look forward to working with them as they contribute to nursing research and the academy, and find ways to advance the nation’s health.”

This year’s Nurse Faculty Scholar award recipients and their research projects are:

  • Jesus Casida, Wayne State University, The Relationship of Sleep Pattern Disturbance, Depression, Cognitive Function, and Self-Care in Adults with Long-Term Left Ventricular Assist Devices;
  • Maren Coffman, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, A Health Literacy Intervention for Latina Women with Diabetes;
  • Elizabeth Galik, University of Maryland, Testing the Feasibility and Impact of Function Focused Care for Cognitively Impaired Residents in Assisted Living;
  • Michael Gates, San Diego State, Supplemental Nurses: Who Are They, What Motivates Them, and What Outcomes Are Associated with Their Employment;
  • Janice Goodman, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Mother-Infant Intervention for Prevention of Postpartum Depression and Associated Mother-Infant Relationship Dysfunction;
  • Kathleen Hickey, Columbia University, CHANGE: Changing Healthcare and Nursing through Genetics;
  • Eric Hodges, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Maternal Feeding Responsiveness and Risk of Obesity from Infancy through Early Childhood;
  • Angela Hudson, University of California at Los Angeles, Foster Youth Stay Smart with “Street Smart:” an HIV and Pregnancy Prevention Program for At-Risk Teens;
  • Versie Johnson-Mallard, University of South Florida, Word of Mouth: An Intervention Study Targeted at Decreasing Viral Sexually Transmitted Infections among a Diverse Group of Young Adult Males and Females;
  • Randy Jones, University of Virginia, Decision Making Among Transitional Proxies and Patients with Advanced Prostate Cancer;
  • Sandra Kuntz, Montana State University, Methylmercury Risk, Awareness, and Exposure: Fort Peck Tribal Community and Academic Partnership;
  • Donna Robertson, East Carolina University, Keep It Safer Sister: An Intervention Study to Reduce HIV Risk for Female Detainees;
  • Martin Schiavenato, University of Rochester, Development of a Multidimensional Pain Detection Device for Neonates;
  • Ruth Taylor-Piliae, University of Arizona, Effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Physical Functioning, Quality of Life, and Exercise Behavior in Stroke Survivors; and
  • Tami Thomas, Medical College of Georgia, Prevalence and correlates of Human Papillomavirus [HPV] vaccination in rural areas.

To receive the award, Scholars must be registered nurses who have completed a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline and who have held a tenure-eligible faculty position at an accredited nursing school for at least two and no more than five years.

Click here to view the program’s new Call for Proposals.