University awarded grant from Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare

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March 5, 2014 - Quinnipiac has received a $10,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to fund the scholarship of a doctoral nursing student who is committed to caring for veterans. The University will match the $10,000 grant, making it a $20,000 scholarship. 

As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, Quinnipiac is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America's health care system continues to evolve.

The Quinnipiac University Jonas Scholar joins 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 (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs, the terminal degrees in the field.

"We are pleased to be the recipient of this prestigious award," said Jean Lange, founding dean of the School of Nursing. "The scholarship will support a doctoral student who is committed to improving the care of our nation's veterans and complements our School of Nursing's pledge to 'join forces' with other schools across the country to prepare graduates with the capacity to become leaders in delivering the best care to those who have served."

Lange commended Leslie Neal-Boylan, associate dean for the School of Nursing, and Lynn Price, professor of nursing, for preparing the grant application.

"It is an honor to be able to support scholars," Neal-Boylan said. "We hope that Quinnipiac University's first Jonas Foundation Scholar will set the example for all of our students and faculty in modeling advocacy for holistic health care to all veterans."

Price said, "The Quinnipiac University Graduate Nursing Program is honored to have received the Jonas Veterans Scholarship. This award provides fiscal support as well as a unique opportunity for a doctoral nursing student committed to veterans' health to develop leadership skills necessary to further promote excellent care to our veterans." 

Lange said the recipient will be announced by May 15. The School of Nursing also will support the recipient's attendance at a national networking meeting of Jonas scholars. Leadership skill-building will be a focus of the meeting.  

The Jonas Center, the leading philanthropic funder for nursing, is addressing a critical need, evidenced by troubling data from the American Association of Colleges of Nurses showing that 2013 saw the lowest enrollment increase in professional registered nurse programs in the past five years. This is due primarily to a shortage in qualified faculty.

"The call for more nurses - and thus the faculty to prepare them - is massive. Healthcare in America has never been more complex, yet tens of thousands of would-be nurses are turned away from the profession each year," said Donald Jonas, co-founder of the Jonas Center. "We've stepped up the pace and expanded our programs to meet this need."