The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare announced the creation of the Barbara Jonas Psychiatric-Mental Health Scholars Program, an initiative that will support 20 PhD and DNP candidates at New York University College of Nursing through 2018. The program is named for Jonas Centers co-founder Barbara Jonas, a former psychotherapist and lifelong mental health advocate.
According to a news release, the program builds on the successful Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, established in 2008, and Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, established 2012. These programs address the shortage of nursing faculty, including those with expertise in veterans often life-altering health issues. The Jonas Center supports nearly 600 doctoral scholars nationwide, with a goal of 1,000 Jonas Scholars by 2016.
This new effort is an important step in advancing the Jonas Centers vision for comprehensive nursing leadership in all aspects of care, Darlene Curley, MS, RN, FAAN, executive director of the Jonas Center, said in a news release. Were especially excited to launch this with NYUCN, which has enormous expertise in this area, and hope to use this pilot effort to build similar partnerships in other locations in the future.
A $250,000 grant from the Jonas Center will fund 20 scholars, beginning this academic year and continuing through 2018. Three scholars have been selected as the first of the cohort. Their work will focus on such issues as stress reduction, PTSD, depression, anxiety disorder, substance abuse, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric areas in need of better research and interventions.
The importance of supporting nursing education cannot be overstated, and we are proud to have partnered with the Jonas Center on this and other scholar programs for nearly a decade, Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and Erline Perkins McGriff professor of nursing at NYUCN, said in the release. In addition to a dearth of faculty, there is a lack of funding for nurses wanting to study at the doctoral level. The Jonas Centers programs play an important role in helping to grow the quality and quantity of our nations professional nurses, and this latest effort furthers this goal.
This is the second mental health-focused gift by the Jonas Center. In 2010, it provided $500,000 to New York-Presbyterian Hospital to fund the first mental health hospitalist at the institution to consult with patients admitted for nonpsychiatric care, such as those undergoing cancer therapy or major surgery.