Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has been ranked second in the nation among nursing schools in scholarly productivity, according to a new index released this month.
The 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, produced by Academic Analytics and reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, surveys the productivity of faculty among 7,200 doctoral programs, including nursing, across the country. Faculty productivity is measured using data variables assessing publication activity, federal-grant funding, and honors and awards. "This is very big news for our school," says nursing school dean Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN. "It speaks volumes about the hard work and dedication of our faculty, who are making a difference in the academy and for the nursing profession."
The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index awarded Emory's faculty the highest marks among the top 10 nursing programs for citations per faculty and per paper. Specifically, Emory's doctoral faculty averaged more than 50 citations per person and more than 12 per paper. These numbers are more than double the next highest ranked program on the list.
Kenneth Hepburn, PhD, the School of Nursing's associate dean for research, says the report suggests a high level of productivity for a relatively small, yet growing, program. In particular, he says, "The high level of citation indicates our faculty's expertise and leadership reach broadly to important audiences, and in turn they have a great measure of influence."
The School of Nursing established its burgeoning doctoral program only eight years ago. Since its inception in 1999, the program has graduated 15 PhD in Nursing students. Currently, 12 students are enrolled in the program that focuses on the development of nursing science and knowledge to improve health care.
The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University is recognized as a leader in the preparation of students for beginning and advanced practice nursing. Graduates of the school's programs are at the forefront in leadership, serving as role models for excellence in nursing practice throughout the world. The School of Nursing is committed to improving care and nursing leadership through its key values of scholarship, leadership and social responsibility. To learn more, visit www.nursing.emory.edu or call 404-727-7980.