The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that it is investing $20 million in the new Future of Nursing Scholars program to help more nurses get their PhDs. The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, which hosted the launch event on June 3rd will serve as its national program office.
“As a first step, we are in the process of finding the brightest minds and the most committed people to join us in this important work. We are committed to establishing a diverse, talented and engaged group of people to start work in the early fall,” said Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Nightingale professor of nursing and director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania who is co-directing the program with Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing.
“Implementing the Institute of Medicine nursing report is a major priority for RWJF, because we cannot achieve our mission to improve health and health care without a robust, well-educated nursing workforce and many more highly educated nurse leaders,” said John Lumpkin, MD, MPH, RWJF senior vice president and director of the Health Care Group. “The PhD-prepared nurses the Future of Nursing Scholars program supports will help identify solutions to the country’s most pressing health problems, and educate thousands of nurses over the course of their careers. They will be positioned to lead change and inspire the next generation of nurses.”
Independence Blue Cross Foundation is the first to join the innovative new funding collaborative.
"Having supported nursing in our region for 10 years, we are very proud to be the first foundation to join this new collaborative, which is bringing together diverse funders to support the PhD-prepared nurse leaders the country needs," said Lorina Marshall-Burke, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
Other speakers at the launch are: Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS (hon), FAAN, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and an RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar whose research is helping older adults suffering from dementia; Munira Wells, PhD, RN, an RWJF New Jersey Nursing Scholar whose research focus is New Jersey nurses who were born in India and faced culture shock in the United States; and Maryjoan Ladden, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior program officer at RWJF.
For more information visit: http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/newsroom/newsroom-content/2013/06/developing-a-new-generation-of-nurse-scientists--educators--and-.html