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NLN Jonas Scholars Program Renewed for an Additional Two Years

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NLN Jonas Scholars Program Renewed for an Additional Two Years

Grant from Jonas Philanthropies Supports Rigorous Dissertation Research Advancing the Science of Nursing Education
Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing announces the continuation of the Jonas Scholars Program, with the awarding of a generous two-year grant from Jonas Philanthropies, a New York-based foundation that promotes excellence in nursing. The renewal marks the beginning of a second decade of the partnership between the League and Jonas Philanthropies, formerly known as the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, to advance the science of nursing education.

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The grant will fund the next two groups, Cohort XI and Cohort XII, each comprised of four doctoral candidates in nursing education, over the course of the next two years, through June 2023. The Cohort XI NLN Jonas Scholars for 2021-22 are:

• Kristin Davies, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, Widener University
• Deborah Rojas, MSN, RN, CHSE, CNE, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
• Adrienne Wilk, MSN, RN, CHSE, CNE, CHSOS-A, University of Northern Colorado
• Mary Ann Zimmer, MSN, RN, CPN, Villanova University

The program is administered through the NLN/Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education, led by NLN Distinguished Scholar Barbara Patterson, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF. Individual scholars receive direct funding in their final year of doctoral study, leading to completion of their dissertation projects. They also receive reimbursement of expenses to attend the Jonas Scholar Conference in Washington, D.C., organized by Jonas Philanthropies and the annual NLN Education Summit in September.

Since its inception in 2010, the Jonas Scholars Program has included a comprehensive mentoring component, connecting scholars with senior faculty and nurturing peer-to-peer interaction. Jonas applicants have been recommended by faculty at their academic institutions, fostering a network of novice and veteran researchers. In addition, leading scholars at the NLN/Chamberlain Center serve as mentors to program participants. Dr. Patterson will convene Cohort XI throughout the year in bi-monthly Zoom calls, supplementing the planned live events.

“The Jonas Scholars program addresses a core stated goal of the National League for Nursing—Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education: Promoting evidence-based nursing education and the scholarship of teaching—a priority we share with Jonas Philanthropies,” said NLN Chair Dr. Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAONL, FAAN, Professor and Dean Emerita at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and president of The Wise Group. “The League is indebted to them for the continuing financial commitment and alignment of professional values that have facilitated fulfilling our strategic vision.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “The National League for Nursing’s current research priorities, calling for scholarship in the areas of nursing education innovation and transformation, assessment and evaluation, and development of the science of nursing education through evidence-based research, are reflected in a deep commitment to expand the number of doctorally prepared nurse educators. In the final stage of their terminal degree study, the Jonas Scholars represent that next generation of pedagogical researchers, poised to advance nursing education and practice and positively impact patient care, through best practices in teaching.”

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