Dean Georges Selected as a Member of a National Task Force on PhD in Nursing Education

Dean Georges Selected as a Member of a National Task Force on PhD in Nursing Education

Dean Jane M. Georges, PhD, RN, has been named a member of a prestigious task force that will rewrite the standards for the PhD in Nursing.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) created the national task force, entitled Research-Focused Doctoral Programs in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence, which includes 10 academic nurses from around the country.  The Task Force is taking on this monumental task to determine what the PhD in Nursing should look like in 2021 and what it will look like in the future.  Dean Georges said she is honored to be on the task force.

Dean Georges also says the need to update the 2010 standards comes at a time when the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is becoming more popular.

“When the last version was written the DNP was almost unheard of,” Dean Georges said.  “There has been this huge seismic shift in doctoral nursing education and now there is this doctoral-level clinical degree and it’s really different from a PhD.” 

The task force is looking at numerous issues including strategies for sustaining the number of PhD graduates needed to support the generation of new knowledge for nursing and healthcare; recommendations to increase the diversity of both faculty and students in research-focused nursing programs; strategies to advance health disparities research; the relationship between the PhD and DNP, including common areas of study; and expectations of and learning outcome criteria for students enrolled in nursing PhD programs.

The task force comprises deans from well-established nursing schools including the University of Illinois and the University of Massachusetts.  It is headed up by Dean Marion Broome of Duke University. 

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