Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Nursing Education Research Grants

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the recipients of its Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education grants in support of research into the effectiveness of promising interventions and educational strategies for addressing the nurse faculty shortage.

The program's third cycle of funding is focused on research into improving doctoral nursing education and expanding the faculties of nursing schools, including studies designed to better understand the essential elements of preparation for teaching.

Research grants ranging from $160,000 to $300,000 were awarded to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, to conduct a national study of doctoral students in nursing to identify barriers and facilitators to seeking a faculty position; the Indiana University School of Nursing, to examine the stages of decision making that lead to a career in nursing education; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, to study the hiring practices and intentions of deans and directors of nursing programs for DNP and PhD-prepared nurses; Villanova University College of Nursing, to examine the relationship between the demands of teaching doctoral students and research productivity among doctorally prepared nurse faculty members; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, to generate insights into the prospects for early-entry doctoral programs to increase the number and productivity of future nurse faculty.

"This dual focus on doctoral preparation to teach and on expansion of the supply of nurse faculty is intended to address the challenge of preparing nurses to perform key roles in the reformed health care system," said Michael Yedidia, program director for EIN. "We expect the new grantees to expand our knowledge of how to meet this challenge."