NEW YORK CITY Last year, The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence announced it would sponsor a group of nurses to continue their educations at the doctorate level. On June 1, the first group of Jonas Center Nursing Scholars met with Claire Fagin, RN, PhD, FAAN, former president of the University of Pennsylvania, Donald and Barbara Jonas, and others at a luncheon to report on the past years experiences.Claire Fagin, RN, served as discussion moderator.
In roundtable fashion, scholars Andrea Barnes, RN, MS, GNP-BC, CUNY and Yale School of Nursing; Michael Fachko, RN, MSN, University of Pennsylvania and NYU; Adrian Juarez, RN, MSN, NYU and University of Pennsylvania; Jan Kaminsky, RN, BSN, Johns Hopkins University; Shanelle Nelson, RN, MSN, Columbia University; and Annie Rohan, RN, MSN, Columbia University, each gave an account of their experiences from the first year. All agreed it was challenging to say the least. During Barnes first year in the program, she was part of an interdisciplinary research team, wrote two articles (one published and one pending), and interviewed President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while completing six doctoral courses and maintaining a 4.0 GPA.From left, Joan S. Marren, RN, VNSNY; Jonas scholars Andrea Barnes, RN, and Shanelle Nelson, RN; and Norman H. Volk, chairman, The John A. Hartford Foundation
Like Barnes stories, the other scholars stories were equally impressive. I am blown away by these scholars and extremely proud, Barbara Jonas said. None of them are cookie-cutter, she said, referring to the scholars diverse backgrounds that range from military nursing to hospital administration to womens studies.
Impressed by the inaugural class first year, Donald Jonas offered encouragement to continue with their accomplishments. Your achievements are vital to the entire program, he said to the scholars. Youre our banner class, and were most interested in your being wildly successful so that you can let others know that its a wonderful program.From left, are Benita Walton-Moss, RN; Lorraine Tulman, RN; Fiona Newton, RN; and Jan Kaminsky, RN, a Jonas nursing scholar
The Jonas Nursing Scholars program was launched last year by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence to help curb the impending nursing shortage by furnishing quality faculty for nursing programs. In recent years, scores of would-be nursing students have been turned away from nursing programs because of a lack of faculty. The program offers $2.5 million to schools of nursing in forgivable loans to be awarded during the next five years.