The end? Or a new beginning? Perspectives on lessons learned from the Future of Nursing Scholars Program and the preparation of PhD nurse scholars

  • Antonia M. Villarruel
    Corresponding author: Antonia M. Villarruel, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 418 Curie Blvd., Suite 430, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-4217.
    University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
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Published:December 30, 2022DOI:
      The articles in this special issue provide a comprehensive summary of accomplishments, lessons learned, and hopes for the future that are based on the Robert Wood Johnsons Foundation's (RWJF) Futures of Nursing Scholars (FNS) program. While these articles come at the end of a significant multi-year $25 million dollar investment, the impact of the program on individual scholars, faculty, and institutions will be long-lasting. The program certainly didn't address all issues confronting nurses and doctoral education, nor did it fully address decades of debate on substantive and process questions impacting for doctoral education – but it did ignite many a conversation as well as action. The funding along with the individual and collective efforts of program leadership and staff, schools, faculty and students, served as a catalyst to create options for how we prepare nurse scientists. Reflections on what was learned, remaining issues to be tackled, and suggestions for moving forward are subsequently presented.


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