Florida Atlantic Universitys Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently received a $10,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. It will help fund the scholarship of a doctoral nursing student for the 2014-2016 academic years, according to a news release. As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, FAU is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as Americas healthcare system continues to evolve.
We urgently need more nursing faculty to meet the growing demand for nurses, said Christine Williams, RN, DNSc, PMHCNS-BC, director of the PhD in nursing program.
Graduates of the PhD in nursing program become faculty leaders who educate future nurses and nurse scientists who improve nursing care through research.
The FAU Jonas Scholars join 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. These scholarships support nurses pursuing PhD and DNP programs, the terminal degrees in the field.
The Jonas Center, the leading philanthropic funder for nursing, is addressing a critical need, evidenced by troubling data from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses 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, according to the release.