Pitt School of Nursing Receives Prestigious Future of Nursing Scholars Grant

Pitt School of Nursing Receives Prestigious Future of Nursing Scholars Grant

The selected schools comprise the fifth group of grantees of the RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program, which will provide financial support, mentoring and leadership development to nurses who commit to earning a doctorate degree in three years. Pitt will select two nursing students to receive this prestigious scholarship.

“Pitt is in the unique position of having highly qualified nurse scientists who are experienced mentors, and the resources and structure to support doctorate students who are the future of nursing,” said Susan M. Cohen, Ph.D., C.R.N.P., F.A.A.N., associate professor and program director in Pitt’s School of Nursing. “The School of Nursing’s history of preparing and mentoring students for an academic research career is evidenced by the success of the three previous RWJF Future of Nursing groups.” Pitt Nursing has supported doctorate students through the Future of Nursing Scholars program since 2015.

In a landmark nursing report, the National Academy of Medicine recommended in 2010 that the country double the number of nurses with doctorates. While enrollment in doctorate of nursing practice programs has increased exponentially, enrollment in doctor of philosophy programs has seen less growth. The Future of Nursing Scholars program was designed to increase doctorate-prepared nurses. Doing so will ensure that more nurses are conducting vital research as well as help address the nurse faculty shortage.

“Our fifth cohort of Scholars will join an impressive group of nurse researchers who already are making significant contributions to the field. This program is designed to empower nurse leaders to progress efficiently. The selected Scholars will complete their doctorate’s in an expedited three-year time frame,” said Julie Fairman, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director and the Nightingale professor of nursing and the chair of the …

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