U-M School of Nursing One of Three Schools to Receive 5 Year Grant for Prestigious Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation

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The program is designed to produce the next generation of research leaders who have the knowledge and skills to solve complex health problems and improve patient care.
 
Ann Arbor, Mich. – The University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) today announced they are one of only three schools to receive the prestigious Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation grant awarded by The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation. The program is designed to produce the next generation of research leaders who have the knowledge and skills to solve complex health problems and improve patient care. Undergraduate students selected to participate in the program will take an accelerated path to receive their PhD. From the time they enter nursing school to earning their PhD will be about seven years.
 
“The Hillman Foundation grant sets a new stage for the PhD in nursing,” said Dean Kathleen Potempa, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Michigan School of Nursing. “It fosters our goal of improving the health and well-being of society through the impact of our research and by educating nurses for leadership in academic and practice roles. By starting the research path during the undergraduate years, students will attain a Ph.D. early in their careers and have the opportunity to participate in and lead research in a longer career trajectory that can have a greater impact on caring for patients.” 
 
The U-M SN’s Hillman program, Effectiveness and Implementation Science for Health Promotion and Chronic Illness Care in Vulnerable Populations, is focused on the substantive areas of health promotion and chronic illness care in vulnerable populations, and effectiveness and implementation science. Upon completion of the rigorous three year PhD program, thDr. Susan Presslere Scholars will be prepared to lead scientific discoveries for promoting health and managing chronic illness in vulnerable populations, conduct high impact intervention research that spans efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation science to improve individual and population health, participate as emerging leaders of an interdisciplinary research team, and enter a competitive post-doctoral fellowship.
       
Dr. Susan Pressler, associate dean for Graduate Studies, will serve as the program director. She said “the Hillman Scholars Program builds on strengths of the current PhD program and allows faculty the opportunity to design innovative courses and learning strategies so that we continue to prepare scientists who are leaders in health care research.” 
 
Nurse faculty and interdisciplinary mentors from across the U-M campus were identified as student mentors for interdisciplinary research. This fall, the U-M SN plans to welcome its inaugural group of selected undergraduate students to the Hillman Scholars Program.
 
The Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation is a New York based philanthropy dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their families through nurse led innovation.
 
About the University of Michigan School of Nursing

The University of Michigan School of Nursing (U-M SN) is consistently ranked as one of the leading nursing schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is also one of the leading schools for research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Offering innovative and rigorous academic programs taught by distinguished faculty, U-M SN gives students the opportunity to become part of an institution dedicated to making a global impact through cutting edge research, education, clinical practice and professional service. U-M SN currently enrolls approximately 1,000 students in the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs and has approximately 120 faculty members. To learn more about U-M SN please visit www.nursing.umich.edu