academic achievement, honors education, nursing curriculum, nursing honors program



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


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.