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Week of March 5, 2012

School of Nursing to receive program in nursing innovation grant

The U-M School of Nursing (UMSN) announced it is 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 grant will provide $3 million over the next five years.

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 doctoral degrees. From the time they enter nursing school to earning a doctorate will be about seven years.

“The Hillman Foundation grant sets a new stage for the Ph.D. in nursing,” says School of Nursing Dean Kathleen Potempa. “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.”


UMSN’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 doctoral program, the 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.

Susan Pressler, associate dean for graduate studies, will serve as the program director. She says “the Hillman Scholars Program builds on strengths of the current Ph.D. 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 UMSN 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.



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