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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Receives Prestigious 2018 Future of Nursing Scholars Grant


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) is one of only 31 schools of nursing selected to receive a grant to increase the number of nurses holding PhDs. The selected schools comprise the fifth cohort grantees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program, which provides financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years. Nearly 200 PhD nurses have graduated from the program.

“The school and our PhD students have benefited tremendously from this scholarship, and we are excited to be part of the program for the final cohort,” said Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of JHSON’s PhD program.

“Our fifth cohort of Scholars will join an impressive group of nurse researchers who are already making significant contributions to the field. This program is designed to empower nurse leaders to progress efficiently. The selected scholars will complete their PhDs in an expedited three year time frame,” said Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director and the Nightingale professor of nursing and the chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

JHSON has been chosen every year to be part of this initiative and will select two nursing students to receive this prestigious scholarship in 2018. Past JHSON recipients and their dissertation/field of study include:

  • Sarah Allgood—pain in adolescents and adults with cystic fibrosis

  • Tamryn Gray—decision partner involvement in cancer clinical trial participation

  • Rebecca Safley—synthetic oxytocin use in a large US medical system; association with postpartum hemorrhage and primary cesarean

  • Athena Ford—influences of transgender community connection on mental health, help seeking behaviors, and engagement in care for transwomen of color who have experienced violence

  • Safiyyah Okoye—pain and sleep among low income older adults with functional limitations

  • Noelene Jeffers—immigrant and refugee maternal-child health

  • Omeid Heidari—Hepatitis C, HIV, and HCV/HIV reinfection

In addition to RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Sharp HealthCare, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are supporting the Future of Nursing Scholars grants to schools of nursing this year. 


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks No. 2 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and No. 2 for DNP programs in the U.S. News & World Report 2018 rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world and is No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program. The school is No. 1 among nursing schools for total Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.

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