FAQ

Text:
Increase font size
Decrease font size

Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

Q: What is the purpose of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:The Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation will produce the next generation of nurse innovators who have the knowledge and research skills to solve complex health problems and improve patient care. By completing a PhD earlier in their career, Hillman Scholars will have a longer time to influence patient care through leadership, innovation and research in academic and clinical settings.

Q: What is the Hillman Foundation?
A: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.

Q: Who were Rita and Alex Hillman?
A:Rita & Alex Hillman were noted philanthropists and art collectors. In the late 1980s, the city and countrywide nursing shortage inspired Rita Hillman to shift the focus of the foundation to support nursing in New York City, with a special emphasis on bedside care, and to assist nursing students who could not afford tuition. Since 1989, the Hillman Foundation has provided support for more than 1,200 registered nurses. In 2011, the Hillman Foundation funded the University of Pennsylvania for Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation followed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan in 2012.

Q: What other schools of nursing offer the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:UNC joins the universities of Pennsylvania and Michigan as one of only three schools of nursing nationally that have been awarded a Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation grant.

Curriculum

Q: How long is the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:The program is completed in 14 semesters. For an overview of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation, please see “The UNC-CH Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation: BSN-PhD” schema.

Q: Will Hillman Scholars be expected to continue course work through the summers?
A:Yes, in order to move the Hillman Scholars forward to the PhD in a timely fashion, course work, research and mentoring will continue though all summer sessions.

Q: Will Hillman Scholars be eligible for the RN licensure exam?
A:Yes, upon completion of the pre-licensure requirements, during the BRIDGE summer session, Hillman Scholars will be required to apply for and successfully complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exam at which point they will become a registered nurse (RN).

Q: Is the Honors Project a requirement of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:Yes. The Honors Project occurs in the latter portion of the Undergraduate course work. This project is an essential component of the Hillman Scholars Program. Hillman Scholars will work with their research faculty mentor who will guide them through the Honors Project. Their dissertation builds on the work done for the Honors Project.

Eligibility

Q: Who is eligible to apply for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:Eligible applicants include UNC-CH School of Nursing BSN students who have been admitted to the May cohort just preceding the Hillman Scholars application deadline and students who have applied to the ABSN cohort for January matriculation following the Hillman Scholars application deadline.

Q: Are RN-MSN or RN-PhD students eligible to apply for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:No, the Hillman Scholars Program is for pre-licensure students.

Application

Q: How many students will be admitted to the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation each year?
A:There will be six students admitted each year. The students will be selected from the applicant pool of BSN May admits and ABSN January admits.

Q: Where is the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation application located?
A:The application can be accessed here: http://nursing.unc.edu/hillman-scholars-application/

Q: How much is the application fee for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:There is no application fee

Q: What is the due date for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation application?
A:November 30, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Q: Do Hillman Scholars applicants have to apply to the Graduate School?
A:Hillman Scholars will complete a short paper application for the Graduate School in the semester prior to moving to the PhD portion of the Program.

Q: Do Hillman Scholars applicants have to take the GRE?
A:Yes, the Hillman Scholars must have taken the GRE within 5 years of the application deadline.

Q: What is the admission process?
A:All eligible applicants will have their Hillman application reviewed by faculty committees. Select applicants will move forward for an interview.

Funding

Q: What is the funding support for the Hillman Scholars?
A:Each Hillman Scholar will receive a forgivable education loan for the undergraduate nursing program ($15,000 per year) plus doctoral training support of $35,200 per year for three years that will cover tuition, living stipend, health insurance, and a modest travel fund. Hillman Scholars are expected to complete their PhD degree in nursing within five years from matriculating into the BSN program.

Q: What happens if I am unable to complete the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation to obtain my PhD?
A:Each situation will be considered on an individual basis; however, not completing the program will require the student to reimburse the grant for the amount of the loan granted to date.

Mentorship

Q: How will Hillman Scholars be mentored through the BSN to PhD program of study?
A:In addition to the regular mentoring that all students receive as part of their curriculum in the School of Nursing, the Hillman Scholars will be mentored in two additional ways. Firstly, the Hillman Scholars will be mentored by the Director of the Hillman Scholars grant: Dr. Cheryl Jones. Secondly, the Hillman Scholars will be mentored by a research faculty that they will be matched with in the first semester of the Hillman Program.

Q: How long will the Hillman Scholars work with the research faculty mentor?
A:The intent is that the Hillman Scholars will work with their mentor across the 5 years of their program of study.

Project Leadership

Q: Who is the PI of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:Dr. Cheryl Jones will lead the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation with a unique combination of scientific inquiry, research and clinical expertise.

Cheryl B. Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor and Chair, Health Care Environments

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Office: 506
Phone: (919) 966-5684
Email: cabjones@email.unc.edu

Q: Who is the Administrative Assistant of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:Dawn O’Neal is the administrative assistant and will be available in the Hillman Scholars office Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm.

Dawn M. O’Neal

Dawn brings to the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation over 25 years of administrative experience. She has been with UNC School of Nursing since December, 2007, as the Business Services Coordinator for the Quality Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative. She is currently pursuing a BS degree in Education from Liberty University.
2402 Carrington Hall ~ 919.843.9985 ~ dmoneal@email.unc.edu

Q: Where is the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation office?
A:The Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation office is in Carrington Hall, Room #2402.

Q: What is the mailing address of the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation, School of Nursing
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carrington Hall, Campus Box 7460 Chapel Hill, NC 2759-7460

Q: What are the phone and fax numbers for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation office?
A:Phone: 919.843.9985 Fax: 919.843.3884

Q: What is the website for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:http://nursing.unc.edu/academics/hillman

Q: What is the website for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation Application?
A:http://nursing.unc.edu/hillman-scholars-application/

Q: Who should I contact with questions?
A:hillman@unc.edu