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From left, Maureen Shannon, Natalie Anderson, Susan Hassmiller and Emily Heenan.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH) received $150,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to support the Future of Nursing Scholars program.

SONDH is one of 31 schools selected to receive the award, which will support tuition, fees and other educational and living expenses for two PhD nursing students over the three-year program.

UH Mānoa 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,” said Mary G. Boland, professor and dean of SONDH.

In the program students will receive a graduate research assistantship position, work closely with an advisor who will assure opportunities for engagement in research and scholarship, tutoring for scholarly writing and presentation skills, team science connections and academic advising.

In its landmark nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the U.S. double the number of nurses with doctorates. While enrollment in doctorate of nursing practice programs has increased exponentially, PhD enrollment has seen less growth. The Future of Nursing Scholars program was designed to increase PhD-prepared nurses to ensure that more nursing students are conducting vital research and will help address the nurse faculty shortage.

“When this program concludes, we will have graduated more than 200 PhD prepared nurses,” said Susan Hassmiller, co-director of the program. “RWJF is thrilled to see the program succeed so well, and we are very thankful for the other funders who have joined us in support of this work.”

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