The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, has selected twelve nursing faculty from around the country to participate in the 2011 Nurse Faculty Scholars program.
Now in its fourth year, the five-year, $28 million program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by developing leaders in academic nursing. To that end, the program provides talented junior nursing faculty with three-year, $350,000 grants, research support, and the opportunity to participate in institutional and national mentoring activities, leadership training, and networking events with colleagues in nursing and other fields.
Participants in this year's program will conduct a range of health studies, including using storytelling to encourage Native American women to get mammograms, using simulation to help reduce medical errors in hospitals caused by interruptions, examining the influence of family strength and parenting on reducing risky behavior among teens, and investigating whether home improvements can realize health benefits for disabled, low-income seniors.
"Several scholars in earlier cohorts have published their research and are already helping to improve health care and advance nursing and nursing education," said Jacquelyn Campbell, national program director for the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Program. "It's exciting to begin the work with this newest group of scholars, and I look forward to seeing where their work, their enthusiasm, and their skills take them."
For a list of this year's Nurse Faculty Scholar award winners, visit the RWJF Web site.