The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) was recently awarded a 2017 Future of Nursing Scholars grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to nurses who commit to earning their PhDs in three years. They were one of only 28 schools nationwide to receive the grant designed to increase the number of nurses with PhDs, and JHSON will select two of their nursing students to award the scholarship to.

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is intended to help address recommendations by the Institute of Medicine that the country double the numbers of nurses with doctorates to advance health, promote nurse-led science, and put more educators in place to prepare the next generation of nurses. Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of JHSON’s PhD program, told,

“This is important to both students and the nursing profession. These PhD-prepared nurses will help meet the need for more faculty, and they will make great contributions to research and leadership.”

The two scholars selected by JHSON will begin the Future of Nursing Scholars program this summer, then their PhD studies will begin in the fall. JHSON has received funding every year since this scholarship launched in 2014 and there are five students currently in their PhD program who are receiving funding through the grant.

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