In recognition of the dedication and sacrifice of the nation’s veterans, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence has established a program to improve the health of veterans, specifically those of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates who are committed to advancing veterans’ healthcare in areas from patient care to policy and administration.Karen Reavis, RN
The Jonas Nursing Scholars Program for Veterans Health formally will launch in fall 2012 with $500,000 to start. The Jonas Center’s goal is to support 50 nursing scholars across the nation in 2012 and expand the program in the coming years.Mary Vann, RN
The first PhD/DNP cohort includes five students from the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing, selected as the pilot site for the program. Each scholar will receive $10,000 from the Jonas Center to pursue research focused on veterans’ health needs identified by the White House and Veterans Administration.
“We are pleased and excited to partner with the Jonas Center on this important program,” said USD Dean Sally B. Hardin, RN, PhD, APRN, FAAN.
The Jonas Nursing Scholars Program for Veterans Health builds on the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, an ongoing effort to address the nation’s continuing shortage of nursing faculty.
Scholars Program for Veterans Health: First CohortRydell Todicheeney, RN
The University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing is the pilot site for the Jonas Nursing Scholars Program for Veterans Health. The first scholars, all of whom have maintained 4.0 GPAs, are:
• Karen Reavis, RN, MSN, APRN, served as a lieutenant commander in the Air Force Nurse Corps for three years and in the Navy Reserves. She works in the ICU at Sharp Healthcare in San Diego. Her research focuses on withdrawal of care.Lourdes Januszewicz, RN
• Rydell Todicheeney, RN, MSN, MBA, APRN, CCNS, served as an active duty specialist E4 in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany and in the U.S. Army Reserves. Raised on a reservation in Window Rock, Ariz., his research interests include culturally appropriate and community-based participatory research surrounding Hepatitis C Virus and its impact on American Indian communities.
• Lourdes Januszewicz, RN, MSN, APRN, CCNS. Upon completing her career in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant, she served for six years as an active reservist in the Navy Nurse Corps. She works in the ICU and intermediate care units at Palomar Pomerado Health Care. Her research focuses on pain management in critical care.Shari Jones, RN
• Mary Vann, RN, MSN, APRN, CNM, is a retired captain in the Navy Nurse Corps, where she served for nearly 25 years. She was deployed for combat missions in the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom and on MEDFLAG Humanitarian missions in Algeria. Her research focuses on obstetrical care in the military population.
• Shari Jones, RN, MSN, APRN, CRNA, is an active duty Commander in the Navy Nurse Corps and serves as chief anesthesiologist and vice chairman for administration at Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Her research examines military-related sleep apnea.