October 21, 2014

Jefferson School of Nursing Awarded Grant from Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to Fund Doctoral Nursing Student

Grant is part of a national initiative to address nursing faculty shortage; Jefferson School of Nursing to fund one Jonas Scholar

Jefferson School of Nursing announced today that with a new grant of $10,000 from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, matched by $10,000 of its own monies, it will fund the scholarship of one doctoral nursing student in 2014. As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, Jefferson School of Nursing is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America’s healthcare system continues to evolve.

The Jefferson School of Nursing Jonas Scholar joins nearly 600 future nurse educators and leaders at 110 schools supported by Jonas Center programs, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program and Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs, the terminal degrees in the field.

Beth Ann Swan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Dean, Jefferson School of Nursing, says, “I am delighted for the School to be recognized for its outstanding DNP program with this Jonas DNP Nurse Leader Scholarship Award. The scholarship will support one JSN DNP student who is committed to filling a role as a leader in primary care and/or as a clinical faculty.”

The Jonas Center, the leading philanthropic funder for nursing, is addressing a critical need, evidenced by troubling data from the AACN showing that 2013 saw the lowest enrollment increase in professional RN programs in the past five years. This is due primarily to a shortage in qualified faculty.

“The call for more nurses – and thus the faculty to prepare them – is massive. Healthcare in America has never been more complex, yet tens of thousands of would-be nurses are turned away from the profession each year,” said Donald Jonas, co-founder of the Jonas Center. “We’ve stepped up the pace and expanded our programs to meet this need.”