UNC Hillman Scholars Program Featured in ANA Publication

A recent article in The American Nurse, the official publication of the American Nurses Association, took an in-depth look at SON’s new Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation. The article includes interviews with Dean Kristen M. Swanson as well as Drs. Merle Mishel and Carol Durham, directors of the Hillman Scholars Program.

Hillman scholars enter a rigorous curriculum of inquiry and research that is designed to take students five yearsfrom undergraduate entry into the nursing program to completion of a PhD.

Excerpt from the article:

Questions are good, especially if they lead to better health care and clinical practice. That notion is at the heart of a new program being fine-tuned at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.

The Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation at UNC will allow selected undergraduate students to earn a doctorate in nursing in five years. Moreover, it will nurture in those students a spirit of inquiry and give them the knowledge and research skills needed to solve complex health problems and improve patient care, according to Merle Mishel, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Carol Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, who are leading the program at UNC.

“Most students go into nursing because they want to make a difference,” said Durham, a UNC clinical professor and a North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) member. “This program is a great way to target enthusiastic students who can make a difference by looking at issues around quality, cost, access to health care, and bedside policies and practices.”

Read the entire The American Nurse article: Asking questions, finding solutions.