How Johns Hopkins aims to boost nurse leader diversity

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is working to diversify healthcare's pipeline of future nurse leaders through a new educational program, the organization said March 13.

The Pathway to PhD Nursing Scholars program will accept 10 students annually for the next five years and is made possible through a $5 million investment by Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. 

The eight-week program is designed for students in groups historically underrepresented in nursing. Faculty will work with students to develop strong PhD program applications through special networking, mentorship and research shadowing opportunities. 

"We are committed to making a PhD accessible and attainable for talented individuals from all backgrounds,"Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN, dean of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, said in a news release. "The urgency of the nursing shortage, and the even greater nurse faculty shortage, make this vital opportunity that directly aligns with our mission to develop a diverse pipeline of nurse leaders."

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