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Keywords:

  • Postdoctoral nurse fellowship;
  • graduate training;
  • nurse education

Abstract

Purpose

To examine important decision points that graduates should consider before applying for a postdoctoral fellowship.

Methods

A literature review was performed.

Findings and Conclusions

A synthesis of the present data on the postdoctoral fellowship, eligibility criteria, application process, and important considerations was provided. Experiential knowledge from four present postdoctoral fellows was included. The goals, advantages, and disadvantages of the fellowship were discussed. In conclusion, the postdoctoral fellowship was examined to offer important considerations in the decision to pursue this opportunity.

Clinical Relevance

The clinical relevance of this article is related to the training and education of nurses to become the next generation of independent, successful scholars and scientists. Postdoctoral training adds valuable contributions and quality to the field of nursing.