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RWJF Program Announces One Dozen New 'Nurse Faculty Scholars'

­The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the selection of 12 outstanding nursing faculty members from across the country to participate in its prestigious Nurse Faculty Scholars program.

The program is providing $28 million over 5 years to outstanding junior nursing faculty to promote their academic careers and reduce the national nurse and nurse faculty shortages. This is the third cohort of Nurse Faculty Scholars.
Each Nurse Faculty Scholar receives a 3-year $350,000 grant to pursue research, as well as mentoring from senior faculty at his or her institution. The award is given to junior faculty who, according to RWJF, show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing. 

The scholars chosen this year are investigating a range of health issues, from a legacy-making intervention to reduce suffering of children with cancer, to body temperature and peripheral blood flow in preterm infants, to the spread of sexually transmitted infections in young adults.
To receive the award, scholars must be registered nurses who have completed a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline and who have held a tenure-eligible faculty position at an accredited nursing school for at least 2 and no more than 5 years.
This year's Nurse Faculty Scholar award recipients and their research projects are:
Betty Bekemeier, PhD, RN
University of Washington
Creating A System For Monitoring How Changes to Public Health Services Impact the Health of Vulnerable Populations

Alison M. Colbert, PhD, APRN, BC
Duquesne University
Intensive Case Management for Recently Incarcerated Women

Jodi Ford, PhD, RN
The Ohio State University
The Contribution of Neighborhood and School Disadvantage during Adolescence to Sexual Risk and STI during Young Adulthood: A Multi-Level Analysis

Terrah L. Foster, PhD, RN, CPNP
Vanderbilt University
A Legacy-Making Intervention to Reduce Suffering of Children with Cancer

Alison Holman, PhD, FNP
University of California, Irvine
Susceptibility to Acute Stress and Cardiovascular Ailments: A Genetic-Environmental Analysis

Maria Katapodi, PhD, RN
University of Michigan
Development of a Family Communication and Decision-Support Intervention for Women who Carry a BRCA1 or a BRCA2 Mutation and Their At-Risk Family Members

Robin Knobel, PhD, RNC, NNP
Duke University
Maturation of Body Temperature and Peripheral Blood Flow in Preterm Infants

Elizabeth A. Kostas-Polston, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC
St. Louis University
Genomic Instability: Oncogenic Mechanisms of HPV Oncoprotiens;

Laura S. Larsson, PhD, MPH, RN
Montana State University
Montana Radon Study

Laurie Theeke, PhD, RN
West Virginia University
Story-Sharing to Decrease Loneliness and its Sequelae in Chronically Ill Older Appalachian Adults  

Andrea S. Wallace, PhD, ND, APRN-BC, ADM
University of Iowa
Implementation of Diabetes Self-Management Support in Community Primary Care

Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN
University of Illinois at Chicago
Stress-Environment Interactions and Obesity-Related Behaviors in Urban African-American and Hispanic Women

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