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Developing the Next Generation of Nurse Scientists

Burkhart, Patricia V. PhD, RN; Hall, Lynne A. DrPH, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000121
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This article describes an undergraduate nursing research internship program in which students are engaged in research with a faculty mentor. Since 2002, more than 130 undergraduate nursing students have participated. Interns coauthored publications, presented papers and posters at conferences, and received awards. This highly successful program provides a model that can be easily replicated to foster the development of future nurse scientists.

Author Affiliations: Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies (Dr Burkhart), College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington; Professor and Associate Dean of Research (Dr Hall), University of Louisville, Kentucky.

The Undergraduate Nursing Research Internship was developed as a result of student involvement in grant R15 NR08106-01 from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Burkhart, 202-D College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, 751 Rose St, Lexington, KY 40536 (

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Accepted for publication: October 26, 2014

Published ahead of print: January 8, 2015

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