Nakia Best Named Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar

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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future announced that Nakia Charmaine Best, MSN, RN, is one of five new Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars. Best has taught undergraduate courses at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing for the last four years and will begin the School’s PhD program this fall.

The Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship program is funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, which aims to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators. The AACN-administered program provides financial support, mentoring and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.

Best’s research interests include using telehealth in underserved populations to decrease health disparities, to improve patient outcomes and health care delivery, and to increase patient access to care.

An 11-member review committee selected the new scholarship recipients, which join the 48 scholars previously selected for this honor. Each new recipient will receive $18,000, attend AACN’s annual faculty development conference, and meet regularly with an identified mentor who will assist in preparing Faculty Scholars to assume leadership roles in academia.

Read the AACN press release here.