The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars at New York College of Nursing (NYUCN) is made possible by a grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence funded by the Jonas Family Fund. This award will support one PhD and two Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students for the coming two years. The annual $5k scholarships from the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program will be matched by NYUCN. The monies will go to help to prepare three NYUCN nurses with doctoral degrees to assist in combatting the national nursing faculty shortage as advocated by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.
“While much discussion about the nation’s nursing crisis focuses on clinical practice, it is faculty development – particularly at the doctoral level – that is critical to ensure appropriate education and training for the next generation of nurses, said Deborah A Chyun, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Associate Professor and Interim Executive Associate Dean and Director, Florence S. Downs PhD Program in Nursing Research and Theory Development at NYUCN. “The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program is the largest program addressing the nation’s dire shortage of nursing faculty. We at the College of Nursing are deeply appreciative of the Program’s generosity and mission,” Dr. Chyun said.
“Our mission is to improve healthcare through nursing, and by reaching all 50 states, we can improve healthcare for all Americans,” said Darlene Curley, Executive Director. “Enthusiastic support from our donor and education partners has made all the difference as we built this innovative way to support future nurse leaders to improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs.”
According to Curley, in addition to growing the ranks of nursing faculty (as graduates are expected to teach), Jonas scholars will also expand the number of advanced practice nurses who can serve as primary care providers and health care leaders – a vital role as the nation’s health care system is undergoing sweeping transformations.
A full list of partner colleges and universities is available on the Jonas Center’s web site. Scholars in states that don’t have doctoral nursing programs are able to study in nearby states; for example, the University of Colorado – Denver is hosting a Wyoming scholar and the University of Connecticut is working with one from Vermont.
“We wanted the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program to dramatically change the landscape of nursing education and, ultimately, the future of nursing and healthcare,” said Donald B. Jonas, co-founder. “We feel we’ve made great strides towards the first goal and look forward to the impact these remarkable men and women will have on the healthcare of future generations.
About the New York University College of Nursing
The College of Nursing is one of the leading nursing programs in the United States. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Master of Arts and Post-Master’s Certificate Programs; a Doctor of Philosophy in Research Theory and Development, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. For more information, visit www.nyu.edu/nursing.
About the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
Founded in February of 2006, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence (www.jonascenter.org) is supported by the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund. Its mission is to advance professional nursing through grant-making and programs that improve nurse recruitment and retention; increase ethnic diversity among the nursing workforce; promote innovative practice models; and improve practice settings in New York City and beyond.