"The Future of Nursing Science- Encouraging Minority Nurses to Pursue a PhD through a Health Disparities Summer Research Program"

This project addresses the Institute of Medicine (2010) Future of Nursing report recommendations regarding doubling the number of doctorally prepared nurses by 2020 and the importance of preparing a diverse nursing workforce equipped to address health disparities. Recent data suggests that there is a decrease enrollment in nursing PhD programs in Florida and that the demographics of nurses do not mirror that of the diverse Florida community (Florida Center for Nursing, 2014). The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has conducted ten week summer research programs from 2015 -2017 providing minority nursing students (21 students total) with intensive training in health disparities research and promoting the pursuit of doctoral education in nursing particularly the PhD. A manuscript with preliminary findings on student outcomes has been published in Public Health Nursing (2017). This program is funded by the Florida Blue Foundation.