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Florence Nightingale scholarships offer chance to learn while boosting career

The Foundation's scholarships, now open in travel, research and leadership, can advance your career and lead to innovation to practice. 
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The Foundation's scholarships, now open in travel, research and leadership, can advance your career and lead to innovation in your practice.

Have you ever considered studying nursing practice overseas, undertaking a bespoke leadership programme or engaging in a clinical research project? If so, a Florence Nightingale Foundation scholarship could be for you.

The foundation awards scholarships in leadership, research and travel every year, and applications for 2017-18 are now open.

The number awarded varies from year to year, and in 2016 there was a total of 85 scholarships.

As well as offering nurses, midwives and health visitors an opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills and bring innovation to their practice, they provide career benefits.

An evaluation of three

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The Foundation's scholarships, now open in travel, research and leadership, can advance your career and lead to innovation in your practice.

Have you ever considered studying nursing practice overseas, undertaking a bespoke leadership programme or engaging in a clinical research project? If so, a Florence Nightingale Foundation scholarship could be for you. 


A scholarship might provide the ideal boost. Picture: iStock

The foundation awards scholarships in leadership, research and travel every year, and applications for 2017-18 are now open. 

The number awarded varies from year to year, and in 2016 there was a total of 85 scholarships.

As well as offering nurses, midwives and health visitors an opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills and bring innovation to their practice, they provide career benefits. 

An evaluation of three cohorts of scholars between 2012 and 2015 showed that around 60% of leadership scholars had been promoted or had a significant change to their level of responsibility at work; for example from deputy to director, regional to national head, lecturer to senior lecturer, and clinical professor to dean.  

Of the 89 travel and research scholars surveyed for the study, 97% reported a positive impact on their career. Other benefits included an increase in self-confidence, which often transferred to their colleagues, empowering staff to think about their own personal development. 

Prestige and opportunities

Travel and research scholars even said the selection process was a learning experience that increased their confidence. One research scholar said: ‘I would encourage others to apply, without a doubt. The prestige and opportunities it brings in clinical and career terms is incredible.’ 

Applications for research scholarships, worth up to £5,000, close on 18 May. Participants undertake a course in research methods, complete modules or write a thesis as part of an academic course of study. Candidates should be able to demonstrate an impact on patient care and be academically supervised or supported. 

Closing on 21 July, travel scholarships are also worth up to £5,000 and offer the chance to study best practice at home or abroad to enhance patient care in the UK. Projects should be connected to the applicant’s field of work and show how they might benefit their patients and the nursing profession.  

Leadership scholarships are designed to help applicants take their career to the next level. Applications for them close on 11 September. The four types of leadership scholarships are:

  • General leadership scholarships of up to £15,000 available to senior nursing staff.
  • Aspiring deans scholarships, also worth up to £15,000, cover educators, researchers and practitioners looking to take on the role of dean.
  • Aspiring nurse leaders scholarships of up to £14,000 are targeted at experienced nurses and midwives, with the potential to secure a board position in the next two or three years. 
  • Emerging leaders scholarships, worth up to £10,000, are for band 7 and 8 nursing staff who have already completed a front-line leadership programme. 

Scholarships are open to applicants in all areas of care, but this year the foundation is particularly interested in supporting scholarships in long-term conditions, including dementia, end of life and respiratory care, and projects that enhance the dignity, health or wellbeing of patients. 

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Lynne Pearce is a freelance health writer 
 

 

 

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