Second-year PhD student wins research award

About the RWJF Scholars

 

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is a leadership program, spearheaded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), that is increasing the number of nurses holding PhDs around the country. More PhD-prepared nurses are needed to increase the number of nurse leaders, conduct nurse-led science and discovery, and educate the next generation of nurses, the Institute of Medicine has said. The Future of Nursing Scholars program provides grants to schools of nursing, so that they can provide scholarships to PhD candidates who will commit to completing the program in three years. Less than 1 percent of the nation’s more than 3 million nurses have PhDs in nursing or a related field. In addition, the average age at which nurses get their PhDs in the United States is 46—13 years older than PhD earners in other fields. This program provides an incentive for nurses to start PhD programs earlier, so that they can have long leadership careers after earning their PhDs.


2015 RWJF Scholars

 

PhD June4 2015 47Jacqueline Bui, BSN, RN

Jacqueline Bui, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in researching the cardiovascular effects of toxicities related to breast cancer treatment. There is a lack of knowledge about this area and Bui, she wants to ensure that breast cancer survivors receive the information they need to be aware of cardiovascular problems that may result from chemotherapy or radiation. Early diagnoses tend to lead to better prognoses.

Bui earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She works as a staff nurse in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at UAB Hospital, where she has developed a passion for supporting long term ICU patients. She hopes to one day develop a group that helps these patients and their families cope with the emotional aspects of long-term stays in an ICU. She is particularly interested in working with the families of patients using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ECMO patients during their bridge to heart and/or lung transplant recovery.


PhD June4 2015 62Anna Hoenig, BSN, RN

Anna Hoenig, BSN, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is interested in improving neurocognitive functioning, particularly in traumatic brain injury patients with pre-existing conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a staff nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, AL.