The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree in nursing sci-ence prepares nurses to be scientists through a rigorous program of scholarship and research. Nurses who com-plete this degree are recognized globally as research-ers who are expected to pursue a career of intellectual inquiry. Today, the internationally small cohort of PhD-prepared nurses contributes empirically to the genera-tion and development of nursing science. There is cur-rently a shortage of doctorally prepared nurses to meet the increased demands for researchers and educators in schools of nursing and experts in patient care. The Insti-tute of Medicine has recommended doubling the number of doctorally prepared nurses by 2020 and has empha-sized that nurses achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved educational system that promotes seamless academic progression. However, in the United States, the overall PhD completion rate is only 57%. This article reports on the process undertaken by a collegial support group of students in a PhD in nursing science program who encouraged each other's progress through the dissertation process within a calendar year.
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