Innovations in Ph.D. education to prepare nurse scientists for the future

J Prof Nurs. 2021 Jan-Feb;37(1):212-215. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.09.013. Epub 2020 Oct 4.


The University of Pennsylvania sponsored a PhD summit in October 2019 to bring together faculty and leaders in PhD education as well as professional associations in nursing to discuss the state of PhD education. Participants were divided into groups and asked to address specific questions. This paper presents the discussion points and recommendations from the group focusing on innovation in PhD education. Innovations such as team mentoring models, design thinking courses, and structures that support students to progress from BSN through PhD programs are discussed. Recommendations include a need to intentionally structure faculty development earlier in their professorial careers, develop team models of advisement and longitudinal follow-up of alumni graduates form Ph.D. programs to examine the effectiveness of innovations.

Keywords: Innovation; Mentoring; Ph.D. education; Post-doctoral education.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing, Graduate*
  • Faculty, Nursing
  • Humans
  • Mentoring*
  • Mentors
  • Students