1 PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing fpb.case.edu
2 Tremendous opportunities await PhD-prepared nurses. According to the American Nurses Association, this group constitutes less than five percent of the total nursing population, and many are expected to retire in the next 10 years.
3 A Legacy of Research and Scholarship At the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, nurse scientists have transformed how newborns are handled at birth. They have bolstered the use of nurse managers and monitored the health of caregiving grandmothers. They were the first to create internet dialogues between patients and the first to teach patients to talk to clinicians using electronic avatars. FPB s PhD in Nursing program the third oldest program in nurse scientist education in the nation continues this legacy of innovation as it prepares nurse scientists to meet the everchanging needs of health care. Ground-breaking research at FPB has been published in leading nursing journals, including The Western Journal of Nursing Research and Advances in Nursing Science, featured in mainstream media outlets like The New York Times and The Today Show. This research is the basis for other important scientific investigations. CURRENT RESEARCH AREAS: Dr. Barbara Daly Dr. Elizabeth Damato Dr. Mary Dolansky Dr. Ronald Hickman Dr. Patricia Higgins Dr. Susan Ludington Dr. Elizabeth Madigan Dr. Shirley Moore Dr. Carol Musil Dr. Jaclene Zauszniewski Dr. Amy Zhang intervention trials in cancer and critical care to improve decision making, family support, and end of life care research on the sleep patterns in mothers and fathers of twins, over half of which are born prematurely and require more vigilant care research on the successful self-management of heart failure in order to assess the relationships among cognitive impairment, patient self-management, health, and health service research to engage surrogate decision makers in the cocreation and evaluation of an avatar-based decision support intervention for advanced care decisions such as resuscitation and hospital readmission collaborative study on improving patient health through circadian lighting interventions advancements in the knowledge base for skin-to-skin contact, or kangaroo care, which has become an ideal tactile intervention for preterm infants and research into the diagnosis, prognosis and interventional aspects of infant obesity research on home health care to improve patient outcomes among those with multiple chronic illnesses research on new models of behavioral change in obesity and cardiovascular diseases groundbreaking grandmother study, which examines the health of grandmothers and the impact of their caregiving on themselves and their families research on teaching resourcefulness skills to reduce stress and promote mental health in family caregivers of vulnerable children, adults with mental illness, and elders with chronic conditions investigation on assessing depression in African American cancer patients, who have the highest cancer incidence and death rates in the U.S. 1
4 Research Leadership Through Science Scientific research exists along the cutting edge of knowledge and practice, continuously pushing forward into the unknown. Embarking on this path can be a rigorous adventure full of discovery and triumph. As a nurse scientist, you have the potential to make breakthroughs that can positively affect the lives of many others. At Case Western Reserve s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, you will forge these paths in the lab, classroom, library, hospital and in the community. You can help to illuminate minds, ease suffering, and establish partnerships. You will also work closely with FPB faculty, who are all proven leaders in their fields. As a PhD student you will team up with an FPB faculty mentor on his or her research project for 240 hours during the first two years of your PhD coursework. This practicum gives students a strong advantage over other PhD nursing programs that provide only theoretical, classroom-based understanding. At FPB, your practicum experience will be fully hands-on, so that the concepts learned in the classroom can be directly applied in the day-to-day functioning of a live research study. Your collaboration with faculty continues through the dissemination stage, so that you can be involved with national and regional presentations and publications as well. 2 FPB RESEARCH AREAS Cardiopulmonary Behavioral changes to effectively prevent or manage cardiovascular events Weaning from mechanical ventilation Adult failure to thrive Gerontology Behavioral and physiological aspects of aging and the elderly Caregiving Chronic disease management Health Services Hospital systems and workplace issues such as staffing levels, patient safety, and policies Patient discharge issues such as home health care, rehospitalization, and healthcare utilization Maternal-Child All aspects of the mother, including pregnancy, lactation, and caregiving Child behavior, development, and health from infancy through adolescence Disparity issues Mental Health Behavioral, psychological, and social processes involved in preserving and promoting optimal mental health for individuals across the lifespan and their families Integrating physical and mental healthcare issues Oncology/Genetics Research on cancer symptom alleviation and follow-up care for cancer survivors Study of the genetic bases for a variety of diseases and their effects
5 FPB has more than 80 years of history in research and advancement of nursing science and theory as well as innovative and accommodating educational programs. Students have the opportunity to participate in research with some of the most respected nursing faculty in the field, focusing on collaborative, multidisciplinary projects across a number of important and exciting areas. FPB is home to the country s first: practice doctorate in nursing acute care nurse practitioner program flight nursing program 15 endowed professorships the most in the country FPB Facts Ranked 5th nationally among major private research universities by U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Ranked #1 nursing school in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report #1 by the National Research Council on program features viewed by faculty as top-notch #7 by the National Research Council on criteria valued by scholars as most important Numerous faculty are Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing 1 of 10 WHO Collaborating Centers for nursing in the United States and 38 in the world Research and clinical affiliations with some of the best hospitals in the nation: University Hospitals Case Medical Center, which is among the nation s leading academic medical centers and healthcare systems, forming the largest biomedical research center in Ohio and one of the top 20 in the country Cleveland Clinic, the second largest medical group practice in the world and the largest hospital in Ohio; one of ten US hospitals designated The Best of the Best by U.S. News and World Report The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, recognized for more programs of clinical excellence than any other VA medical center in the country MetroHealth Medical Center, a regional referral hospital that is one of only 19 Level 1 trauma centers with a burn unit and a rehabilitation facility specializing in spinal cord injuries 3
6 Frances Payne Bolton ( ) Frances Payne Bolton was the first woman to be elected from Ohio to Congress and the first congresswoman to represent the United States in the United Nations General Assembly. In 1943, she created a widespread awareness of the critical importance of the field of nursing by sponsoring the Bolton Act, which introduced the U.S. Nurse Cadet Corps. Bolton believed that the role of the nurse was not only caring for the sick but also teaching health and that nurses bring light, easement, intelligence, and understanding where there [is] darkness. These principles continue to shape the philosophy of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and enable it to maintain its status as one of the nation s premier nursing schools. 4
7 Merging Excellence in Nursing Research and Education The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, as a recognized leader in nursing education, is committed to bringing change in nursing practice based on evidence. With strong affiliations with some of the best hospitals in the country University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and MetroHealth Medical Center FPB continues to illuminate new discoveries in global health, with innovative, groundbreaking research that places it among the top nursing schools in the country. Unique among top-tier nursing schools, FPB is home to eight Centers of Excellence, which together offer a wealth of services and experiences to both the healthcare community and the community at large. All of them fulfill vital roles in FPB s mission to maintain its global leadership in nursing research, education, and practice. PhD students at FPB have the opportunity to become full-fledged collaborators in attaining the objectives of the centers, listed below: The Center for Research and Scholarship provides infrastructure support to faculty and students for research and dissemination of scholarly work. It also offers a research mentorship program. The Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute for Best Nursing Practice Based on Evidence is committed to building a repository of best nursing practices derived from research findings. The University Center on Aging and Health, known internationally for its interdisciplinary aging research, maintains excellence in gerontological and geriatric knowledge and practice. The Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing conducts evidencebased research on best practices for providing hospital-quality acute care to patients at the roadside, disaster sites and other remote locations. The World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Home Care Nursing helps to establish international collaborations that enable faculty and students from FPB and other countries to implement new research outcomes. The Self-Management Advancement through Research and Translation (SMART) Center uses an interdisciplinary approach to expand, disseminate, and implement knowledge on self-management. Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health. The Building End-of-life Science through Positive Human Strengths and Traits (BEST) Center focuses on quality of life research for seriously ill people, including those who are at the end of life. Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health. The Full Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Self-Management Research (FIND) Lab promotes and encourages the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream health care research through use of Universal Design of Research. Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health. 5
8 The Future of Nursing Science Around the World Case Western Reserve s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing maintains an active and dynamic engagement in the community. Its clinical affiliates include the country s top-ranked hospitals. It is also a leader in global health, housing one of only 10 World Health Organization Collaborating Centers in the United States in a school of nursing, and its graduates serve in a wide array of professional nursing positions in more than 25 countries. 6 While preserving its time-honored traditions and values, FPB continues to prepare nurse leaders for everchanging healthcare needs around the globe. As an internationally-recognized leader in the advancement of nursing, FPB s impact on the quality of research, education, and practice is extensive and profound. The PhD program at FPB was one of the first doctoral programs of nursing to gain worldwide recognition. More than 40 years later, students in the program hail from throughout the United States and numerous places beyond our borders. FPB alumni often assume positions of high stature and influence, because they represent the future of nursing science and will shape national and international nursing research agendas in the coming years and decades.
9 While preserving its time-honored traditions and values, FPB continues to prepare nurse leaders for ever-changing healthcare needs around the globe. A PhD in nursing further develops skills in research and education, enhancing your opportunity to participate in research that will have a far-reaching effect on the science of nursing and changing nursing practices. Our faculty are committed to the development and dissemination of new knowledge and the creation of collaborative relationships with students, clinical agencies, and communities to support innovative, interdisciplinary, outcome-based research. Entry Options Unique to FPB s PhD program is a variety of possible entry points into the program: TRADITIONAL FORMAT If you have already earned the MSN degree, you can enter the PhD program directly and complete the PhD core coursework during fall and spring semesters. FAST-TRACK OPTION If you have a BSN or equivalent, you can pursue the PhD degree without earning an MSN. In addition to PhD core requirements, students must complete transition courses to gain clinical knowledge and be able to develop a research focus pertinent to nursing in the context of care. DUAL DEGREE MSN/PHD PROGRAM If you have a BSN or equivalent degree and would like to pursue an MSN degree in a specialized area on the way to a PhD in nursing, you can achieve that goal through our combined MSN/PhD program. With up to eight credits of overlapping courses between the programs (depending on the MSN major), your path to the PhD can be shortened as you meet your goal of a master s degree in a specialty of your choice. DUAL-DOCTORAL PROGRAM If you re interested in a research doctorate (PhD) combined with a clinical doctorate (DNP), this is the program for you. The dual-doctoral program integrates coursework to prepare you for a career as a clinical researcher, faculty member, or healthcare administrator and can be completed in five years. ADVANCED STANDING FOR DNP GRADUATES If you already have a DNP degree and would ilke to become a nurse scientist, you can enter the PhD program with advanced standing and have the opportunity to waive up to three PhD nursing courses. You can complete your PhD in three years. 7
10 PhD Program Requirements The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing requires a minimum of 57 semester hours of coursework, which includes the foundation for your dissertation as well as dissertation completion. Our programs are individualized, taking into account your interests, aspirations, and work experience. Knowledge Development/ Theory Core Research Methods Core Statistics Core NURS 506: Epistemology NURS 511: Strategies for Theory Development NURS 518: Qualitative Nursing Research NURS 530: Advanced Research I NURS 531: Advanced Research II NURS 532: Basic Statistics: Fundamentals for Analysis NURS 630: Advanced Statistics: Linear Models NURS 631: Advanced Statistics: Multivariate Analysis 6 credit hours 9 credit hours 9 credit hours If you re entering the program with a BSN, you will be required to take additional courses to help your transition to doctoral study. The general program requirements are listed to the right. Additional coursework may also be necessary, as determined by your faculty advisor. Support Courses Preparation for Research Dissertation Research NURS 609: Healthcare Policy NURS 615: Topical Seminar in Health Science Research (3-6 credits) Electives (3-6 credits) Research Practicum (240 hours required no credit hours) NURS 671: Proposal Development (minimum 3 credits) Candidacy Exam (no credit hours) Proposal Defense (no credit hours) NURS 701 (18 credits within 5-year time limit for completion of the degree) NURS 703: Dissertation Fellowship (upon recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies) for a maximum of 4 consecutive semesters after completion of NURS credit hours 3 credit hours (minimum) 18 credit hours (minimum) DEADLINES FOR APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS April 1 for Fall semester October 1 for Spring semester Before Your Journey Begins TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PHD PROGRAM, YOU MUST: Submit an application, transcripts with your GPA, and three letters of recommendation that describe your professional nursing competence and potential for success in research Demonstrate potential for academic success and significant contributions to nursing Show satisfactory performance on the GRE; international students must supply evidence of English proficiency Submit a statement of academic, career, and research objectives and written responses to essay questions contained in the application packet Interview with two faculty members Provide proof of graduation from an accredited school of nursing program leading to a BSN (or equivalent) or MSN degree Show evidence of RN licensure or international equivalent For our PhD application and instructions, go to fpb.case.edu/programs/applications.shtm 8
11 FOR MORE INFORMATION Office of Student Services Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Case Western Reserve University Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH WEB fpb.case.edu PH Case Western Reserve University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission. Case Western Reserve University is accredited by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA) accredits the nurse anesthesia program. The nurse midwifery program is accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (formerly ACNM Division of Accreditation). FPB is ranked #5 for graduate and professional programs nationally among major private research universities by U.S. News and World Report s 2011 edition. Case Western Reserve University admits students of any race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and national or ethnic origin. FRANCES PAYNE BOLTON SCHOOL OF NURSING CRITERIA Accreditation Ranking Entry Options Traditional Fast-Track Optional Education Courses Dual Doctoral Program Advanced Standing for DNP Graduates Dual Degree MSN/PhD Program Optional Education Courses also available to enable graduates to assume full faculty roles upon graduation. Flexibility Admission Requirements Application deadlines are: April 1 for Fall semester October 1 for Spring semester A professional degree (BSN, MN, or MSN) from an accredited nursing program, with transcripts Three recommendations, two from individuals with research doctorates GRE Two- to three-page statement of academic, career, and research objectives Written responses to application questions Interview with two faculty members RN licensure or international equivalent Research Areas Cardiopulmonary Gerontology Health Services Maternal-Child Mental Health Oncology/Genetics Length of Program Minimum of 57 semester hours of coursework, which includes the foundation for your dissertation as well as dissertation completion. Students with only a BSN are required to take transition courses. Location Case Western Reserve University is nestled within University Circle, a 550-acre, park-like concentration of nearly 50 cultural, medical, educational, religious, and social service institutions at the eastern edge of Cleveland. All data are current as of July To insure that graduates from FPB s PhD in Nursing program are prepared to assume the full faculty role upon graduation, including preparation for teaching and mentoring others, students are encouraged to take optional courses that specifically address the development of their teaching skills. While two of these courses are taught in an intensive format between semesters, the third course consists of a minimum 60-hour teaching practicum. It is recommended that courses within this education track be integrated within the student s planned program of study within the first two years of the program. The courses and teaching practicum should be completed before the student will be advanced to candidate status. Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate clinical and didactic teaching during paid teaching assistantships are available. Visit our website for in-depth descriptions and information at fpb.case.edu/phd. For sample program plans, visit our website at fpb.case.edu/phd/sampleplans.shtm.
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