Two doctoral candidates from the University of Maryland School of Nursing have been selected into the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program. UMSON faculty member and DNP student Linda Murray, CRNP-Ped, MS, clinical instructor, and Valerie Dernetz, RN, MA, BSN, a second-year PhD student, have been named Jonas Scholars.
Supported by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, the program aims to increase the number of doctoral-prepared faculty members to teach in nursing schools nationwide and advance practice nurses to provide direct patient care, according to a news release. It provides financial assistance, leadership development and networking support to its scholars, while expanding the pipeline of future nursing faculty into research-focused and practice-focused doctoral nursing programs.
We are very proud of Linda and Valerie for being selected as Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars, UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in the release. This award will assist them in accomplishing their educational goals and will put them in a great position to be instrumental in educating and preparing future nurses,
Jonas Scholars will be provided with a total of $10,000 from 2014-2016, which will be used for tuition and other academic costs.
It is an honor to receive the Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars program award, Murray said in the release. As a pediatric nurse practitioner and nurse educator, I have always been passionate about health policy and patient advocacy. Our DNP program has afforded me the opportunity to pursue my interest in both of these areas. I am looking forward to participating with other colleagues in the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program to grow and develop my leadership skills.