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Honors Programs

Current Perspectives for Implementation

Lim, Fidelindo DNP, CCRN; Nelson, Noreen PhD, RN, CNS; Stimpfel, Amy Witkoski PhD, RN; Navarra, Ann-Margaret PhD, RN, CPNP-PC; Slater, Larry Z. PhD, RN-BC, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000211
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The changing demographics of the nursing workforce, including large numbers of impending retirements, highlight the need for innovative programs to attract the next generation of nursing leaders, educators, and researchers. Nursing honors programs provide an enhanced educational experience for high-achieving and highly motivated students, developing them as future nursing leaders. This review describes the current perspectives, characteristics, and values of nursing honors programs, opportunities for implementation, and recommendations for integration within nursing education.

Author Affiliations: Clinical Instructor (Dr Lim), Clinical Assistant Professors (Drs Nelson and Slater), and Assistant Professors (Drs Stimpfel and Navarra), College of Nursing, New York University.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Lim, College of Nursing, New York University, 433 First Ave, New York, NY 10010 (

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Accepted for publication: July 4, 2015

Published ahead of print: August 26, 2015

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