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Ensuring a healthly supply of nurses
By / September 14, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

Angelita Hensman was newly arrived in the United States from her native Sri Lanka when she was admitted to the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) College of Nursing 30 years ago.

Now she is headed back to school as just the second Rhode Island nursing professional to be named a national “Future of Nursing Scholar.” Hensman will receive financial support, mentoring, and leadership development as she pursues her doctorate in nursing from URI’s College of Nursing during the next three years.We are supporting her training with a $75,000 grant over three years. Nurses will play a key role in the transformation of Rhode Island’s health care system. Investing in the education of nursing leaders ensures there will be a steady supply of home-grown professionals to serve the next generation of Rhode Islanders.

Hensman is just one of 46 individuals nationally to be selected this year to participate in the Nursing Scholar program, which is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Fewer than 1 percent of the nation’s 3 million nurses have Ph.D.s in nursing or a related filed. The program’s goal is to support more nurse leaders, promote nurse-led science and discovery, and put more educators in place to prepare the next generation of nurses.

“I am very excited and humbled by this award, and I look forward to giving back to nursing and Rhode Island. I see teaching, research, and scholarship as an integral part of my role in the future as a Ph.D. prepared nurse,” says Hensman. 

In addition to support from us and the RWJF, URI's College of Nursing chipped in with a $50,000 scholarship. Mary Sullivan, interim dean of URI’s College of Nursing, says nursing faculty must be prepared with knowledge and skills in cutting-edge science, research techniques, and education.

“Now, two Rhode Island nurses will be well prepared as transformational leaders and bring science-based changes to health care,” she says. 

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