The New York City-based Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare has announced a partnership with Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Manhattan, to invest in promising nursing undergraduates at the beginning of their academic careers.
The ultimate goal of the Jonas Nursing Honors Scholars program is to produce future nurse leaders able to improve the nations healthcare system through practice and policy and to serve as top faculty in schools of nursing.
A $100,000 grant from the Jonas Center will fund 18 students through 2016 in Hunters undergraduate nursing curriculum, with special seminars, community service, research opportunities, a summer internship, leadership experiences, and one-on-one mentoring from a faculty member through their four years at Hunter. These elite students, identified during their senior year of high school, will be encouraged to pursue advanced degree programs, such as the DNP, and leadership roles in the field.
The opportunities afforded by this program will give Hunter students, many from the best public schools in New York, an experience that will enable them to take on the greatest academic goals and prepare them for roles in shaping care and policy over the coming decades, Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab said in a news release. Importantly, the Jonas Nursing Honors Program devotes resources that can reduce demands that might otherwise distract from learning, such as debt and outside employment, helping these exceptional students excel.
This initiative expands on the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program, launched in 2008 to resolve the shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this role. To date, the Jonas Center has supported 600 doctoral scholars nationwide, 100 of whom have graduated and gone on to assume leadership and faculty positions. The Jonas Centers goal is to support 1,000 scholars by 2016.
The Jonas Center is excited to support this program that will nurture the youngest nursing students and provide a collegial environment designed to put these early stars on a track that will lead to the highest levels of accomplishment and leadership in the field, Darlene Curley, MS, RN, FAAN, executive director of the Jonas Center, said in the release.