Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation

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The Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation is designed to produce the next generation of nurse researchers who will lead the realignment of health care to become more effective, patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. ”Many nurses are drawn to direct care and think that the only way they can make a difference is by taking care of patients one by one,” says Hillman National Program Director Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCRN. “We are focused on the power of nurses to reach hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of patients through research and innovation that influence practice and policy.”

The UNC Chapel Hill Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation prepares nurse scholars with the substantive and methodological knowledge, vision and personal acumen to study, lead, change and shape the future of health care.

Each year, six undergraduate nursing students will enter the Hillman Scholars Program, an integrated plan of study that will take them from undergraduate to PhD in nursing in seven years or less.

By integrating the nursing education traditionally associated with the BSN program with advanced study as nurse scientists and innovative leaders, the program prepares scholars to influence health care beginning early in their careers.

UNC joins the universities of Pennsylvania and Michigan as the only three U.S. schools of nursing that are part of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation.

The UNC Hillman Scholars Program is receiving $3 million over five years from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, a New York-based philanthropy dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their families through nurse-led innovations. Learn more at www.rahf.org.

Hillman Scholars Program applications are typically due in the fall of each year.

“I value the perspective I have working as a nurse because nurses see the consequences of policy every day as they care for patients. The Hillman Scholars Program will give me the training to investigate questions that really matter to the patients I want to serve.”
Laura Britton, Hillman Scholar