The Future of Nursing Scholars Fellowship Program
The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars Program is to develop a new generation of nurse leaders to transform America's health care system. Because of their front-line experience and deep connections to patients and families, nurses are critical to safeguarding the health of the nation and ensuring that health care is safe, accessible, and high quality. In particular, PhD-prepared nurse scientists and researchers are in an optimal position to seek and identify solutions to serious problems that make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Their discoveries have the potential to change our health care system. Each PhD-prepared nurse educator and researcher also has the potential to educate thousands of nurses over the course of his/her career and engage in productive research to find solutions to pressing health care problems.
Currently however, less than 1 percent of the nursing workforce has a PhD in nursing or a related field. To meet the demand for a larger, more diverse cadre of nurse faculty, nurse scientists, and nurse leaders, the number of PhD-prepared nurses needs to grow substantially in diversity as well as number.The Future of Nursing Scholars program will create a large and diverse group of PhD-prepared nurses who are committed to long-term leadership and research careers that will advance sciences ad discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to health care. The program will provide financial assistance, leadership development, and mentoring activities as well as post-doctoral research support to build the capacity of this select group of future nurse leaders. The MU Sinclair School of Nursing has been awarded two (2) Future of Nursing Scholar positions to new, incoming MSPhD students for the 2018-2021 time frame.
Benefits of being a Future of Nursing Scholar:
- Tuition and fees waiver for 3 years ($29,509);
- Medical insurance for 3 years ($8,367);
- Research, books, travel, and conference support for 3 years ($16,996);
- Scholar stipend for 3 years ($70,128).
Mentoring and Leadership Development opportunities include:
- Experienced primary nurse researcher mentor to guide scholar in grant writing, research poster presentation, manuscript development, and dissertation research;
- Secondary interdisciplinary mentor working in the scholar's research area to foster team science skills;
- Midwest Nursing Research Society's annual research conference attendance;
- Future of Nursing Scholars Boot Camp (August 2018) to develop scholarly cohort;
- Two RWJF Summer Institutes (SU 2019, SU 2020) with primary research mentor;
- Leadership development activities to connect Scholars with influential mentors in health care, research, business, education, policy, innovation, and other key areas;
- Leadership network to facilitate collaborative work among the students and between the students and national mentors during and after doctoral education;
- One year competitive post-doctoral research support after graduation for those entering faculty positions to foster continuous improvements in health care and to jump start their careers.
Characteristics Needed to be a successful Future of Nursing Scholar:
- Goal directed individual;
- Committed to the challenge of completing a PhD in three (3) years;
- Personal research interest well-matched to an MU Sinclair School of Nursing research mentor;
- Dedicated to pursuing a leadership career in nursing education, research, and/or health policy.
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