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The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH) recently received $150,000 in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to support its Future of Nursing Scholars program. SONDH was one of 31 schools selected to receive the award, which will go toward tuition, fees, and living expenses for two PhD nursing students over the three-year program.

Mary G. Boland, professor and dean of SONDH, tells Hawaii.edu, “UH Manoa nursing is committed to increasing the number of PhD-prepared nurses, and the redesigned PhD program is more competitive while providing financial support and academic mentorship to ensure student achievement and success.”

Students enrolled in the program will receive a graduate research assistantship position and work closely with an advisor who will assure opportunities for engagement in research, scholarship, and academic advising.

The Institute of Medicine recommended that the US double the number of nurses with doctorates in a landmark nursing report, and while enrollment in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs has increased exponentially, PhD enrollment has nott seen the same level of growth. RWJF’s Future of Nursing Scholars program was designed in response to this data to help increase the number of PhD-prepared nurses and ensure that more nurses are conducting vital research and helping to address the nurse faculty shortage. At the conclusion of the Future of Nursing Scholars program, RWJF will have graduated more than 200 PhD-prepared nurses.

To learn more about why the University of Hawaii at Manoa received $150,000 in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support its nursing PhD program, visit here.

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