American Academy of Nursing Invites Applications for IOM Nurse Scholar-in-Residence Award

Deadline: April 1, 2015

The American Academy of Nursing, in partnership with the American Nurses Foundation, the American Nurses Association, and the Institute of Medicine, is inviting applications for its Distinguished Institute of Medicine Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program,  a year-long residential leadership opportunity in health policy in Washington, D.C.

The residency is designed as an immersion experience for nurse leaders interested in a prominent role in health policy development at the national level. The  scholar-in-residence  must complete a self-initiated study with policy consequences that builds on a current IOM initiative and includes direct interaction with academy, ANA, and ANF staff and volunteers.

The residency includes a grant of $90,000; $5,000 for related expenses; an office at IOM with appropriate technology support (e.g., computer, phone, access to a printer, access to software programs and library resources); and an intensive two-month orientation in federal health policy formation coordinated by IOM.

To be eligible, nurse scholars and nurse policy experts must be a current member of the academy, with preference given to those who are also members of IOM. In addition, applicants’ must have  the personal potential to make future contributions to health policy; a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration; a notable record of professional achievement; and an understanding of the importance of networking within the health policy community, identifying opportunities for nurse-leader engagement, and communication of those interactions and opportunities to sponsors.

See the American Academy of Nursing website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Link to Complete RFP

CRITERIA:
Nurse scholars and nurse policy experts are encouraged to apply upon meeting the following criteria:

  • Membership in the Academy required and in the IOM preferred
    Congruence of health policy interest with the priorities of IOM and the Academy
  • Personal potential for future contributions to health policy
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Notable record of professional achievements that apply to Scholar’s proposed project area
  • Understanding of the importance of networking within the health policy community, identifying opportunities for nurse-leader engagement, and communication of those interactions and opportunities to sponsors
  • The major project while a scholar in the program must include:
    A self-initiated study with policy consequences that builds on a current IOM initiative
  • Direct interaction with Academy, ANA and ANF staff and volunteers

    Direct support for Scholars includes:

  • An annual stipend of $90,000 (plus up to $5,000 for related expenses)
  • Provision of an office at IOM with appropriate supports (e.g., computer, phone, access to a printer, access to software programs and library resources)
  • An intensive two-month orientation in federal health policy formation coordinated by IOM.

    OUTCOMES:
    Participation in IOM activities and work  (e.g., recommending nurses for IOM committees or projects, conducting brown-bag discussions);

    A minimum of one policy-oriented paper in chosen area of study to be submitted for refereed publication within six months of completion of scholarship, (e.g., as part of an IOM report or as an article in the Academy journal, Nursing Outlook or ANA’s Online Journal of Issues in Nursing)

    Additional products such as providing testimony, participating in IOM workshops, sharing policy-related websites with other nurses through the pages of Nursing Outlook  or The American Nurse

    An invitation to the scholar’s final report at the IOM for Academy, ANF, and ANA leadership

    A report to the Academy, ANF and ANA Boards of activities and accomplishments within 60 days of scholar in residence completion.

    APPLICATION PROCESS:
    Applicants must submit the following documents electronically to the American Academy of Nursing:
    1. A proposal (no more than five pages) describing how the applicant’s project dovetails with IOM initiatives and Academy, ANA or ANF priorities, specific goals for the experience that will address some identified gap in knowledge, actions that will be undertaken to achieve those goals, publishable outcome(s) to be expected by the end of the program, and a proposed time table for the plan of study.

    2. Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume not to exceed ten pages.

    3. A cover letter which should include:
    Information that complements the CV about the applicant’s interdisciplinary experiences, policy interests, and ability to complete the project and produce a policy-relevant paper.
    A statement of full-time commitment to the program.
    The names and addresses, including e-mail addresses, of two individuals who can speak to the applicant’s previous achievements, interdisciplinary and policy experiences, and ability to complete the project.

    Complete applications should be sent electronically to the American Academy of Nursing by April 1, 2015 to Cheryl Sullivan at CEO@AANnet.org.

REVIEW/SELECTION PROCESS:
A panel that includes the incumbent scholar (if available) and one previous policy nurse scholar (incumbent to chair), the Director of the IOM Scholars Program (or designee), and the Presidents of the Academy, ANA, and ANF (or designees) will review the applications. Applicants may be interviewed in person or by telephone if clarification is needed regarding fit of program with IOM objectives.

The start of the one-year program is September 1, 2015. Upon selection the Scholar will be provided with a formal appointment letter and orientation package.

TESTIMONIALS:
“The experience is important not only for the scholar but also as a uniquely powerful opportunity for nursing to help shape the future of health and health care in this country.” – Marla E. Salmon

“This fellowship allowed me to formally pursue an area of interest not central to my academic research program…I would recommend it highly!” – Nancy E. Reame

“I saw health care and health policy through the eyes of people outside the nursing profession. These perspectives, while disturbing at times, are critical to designing strategies that will better position nurses and nursing.” – Bonnie M. Jennings

“As a scholar in residence, I had so many opportunities open to me, and learned so much about the research-policy link.” – Angela Barron McBride