Wayne State University

Wayne State College of Nursing receives prestigious Future of Nursing Scholars grant

Wayne State's College of Nursing is one of only 31 schools of nursing selected to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding Ph.D.s. The selected schools comprise the fifth cohort of grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program, which will provide financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their Ph.D.s in three years. The college will select two nursing students to receive this prestigious scholarship.

“Our fifth cohort of Scholars will join an impressive group of nurse researchers who are already making significant contributions to the field. This program is designed to empower nurse leaders to progress efficiently. The selected scholars will complete their Ph.D.s in an expedited three year time frame,” said Julie Fairman, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director and the Nightingale professor of nursing and the chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

In its landmark nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the country double the number of nurses with doctorates. While enrollment in doctorate of nursing practice programs has increased exponentially, Ph.D. enrollment has seen less growth. The Future of Nursing Scholars program was designed to increase Ph.D.-prepared nurses. Doing so will ensure that more nurses are conducting vital research and will also help address the nurse faculty shortage.

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a multi-funder initiative. In addition to RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Sharp HealthCare, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to schools of nursing this year. Wayne State’s College of Nursing is receiving its grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The college will select two scholars in May and those students will attend a boot camp with the Future of Nursing Scholars program this summer and their Ph.D. studies in the fall.

“It is an honor to be selected to participate in the RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program for the third consecutive year – and to be awarded two scholars this year, a clear recognition of our success in the past two cohorts,” said Laurie M. Lauzon Clabo, Ph.D., RN, Wayne State University College of Nursing dean and professor. “This prestigious award will allow our selected scholars to complete Ph.D. studies in a timely manner and to make substantive contributions to the discipline as  leaders and researchers even earlier in their careers. We are fully committed to helping to achieve the Institute of Medicine’s goal of increasing the number of doctorally prepared nurses in the United States. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and for the recognition of our commitment and success in the preparation of nurse researchers at the Wayne State College of Nursing.”

“When this program concludes, we will have graduated more than 200 Ph.D. prepared nurses. RWJF is thrilled to see the program succeed so well, and we are very thankful for the other funders who have joined us in support of this work,” said Susan Hassmiller, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, co-director of the program and RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing. 

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering nearly 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students. For more information, visit wayne.edu.

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