NURSE. SCIENTIST. EDUCATOR. LEADER.
Doctorally prepared nurses are among the profession’s greatest assets. As scientists, clinicians, and educators, they are critical to the development of the next generation of leaders and to the advancement of nursing care through discovery.
But they are in increasingly short supply. Nurses with Ph.D.s make up less than 1 percent of the nation’s nursing workforce — an alarming statistic in a field that is expected (and needed) to grow to meet the health-care needs of our aging population.
Recognizing the urgent need for more Ph.D.s, the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars program was created to increase that number and support Ph.D. candidates with mentoring, leadership development and postgraduate funding.
Allie Tran and Amber Kimball both study at Carolina on the grant, doing profoundly useful research into workplace environment issues and beneficial interventions for the hearing-impaired.
Only 32 programs out of 1,000 in the country have an RWJ Future of Nursing Scholar, making Carolina’s two a testament to the high regard our academic programs and graduates are held in.