Posted on Apr 20, 2016

USF Nursing doctoral students receive Jonas Scholar awards

USF Nursing doctoral students receive Jonas Scholar awards

Six USF College of Nursing doctoral students were selected to receive 2016-2018 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar awards from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

PhD students Paula Cairns, Michelle Hill, Kaitlyn Proschold, Lauren Wright, and DNP students Tiffany Lockett and Michelle Creamer were selected to receive the sought-after grants. Each student will receive a $10,000 grant, a total amount of $5,000 per year for two academic years.

USF Nursing's Jonas Scholar students

(L to R). USF Nursing’s 2016-2018 Jonas Leader Scholars: Tiffany Lockett, Paula Cairns, Kaitlyn Proschold, Lauren Wright, Michelle Creamer and Michelle Hill.

“We are delighted that Jonas Center selected USF Nursing for the 2016-2018 cohort of Jonas Scholars,” said Cindy Munro, PhD, professor and associate dean of research and innovation at USF College of Nursing. ” This new cohort is joining a very elite group of emerging nurse leaders. This recognition demonstrates that we are at the forefront of preparing the nursing leaders of tomorrow.”

PhD students, Cairns, Hill and Proschold, were named 2016-2018 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Program supports doctorally-prepared nurses that highly impact nursing education and patient care.

DNP students, Lockett and Creamer, were named the 2016-2018 Jonas Veterans Healthcare DNP Scholars. While PhD student, Lauren Wright, was honored with the 2016-2018 Jonas Veterans Healthcare PhD Scholarship award.

The Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which is a part of Jonas Nurse Scholar Program, helps support advanced practice nurses and faculty who are trained to meet the needs of veterans and service members.

As Jonas Nurse Scholars, the students will have the opportunity to attend a webinar and the Jonas Center leadership and policy expertise development conference in Oct. 2017 in Washington D.C. They will also regularly meet with their respective mentors from USF Nursing.

The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, founded in 2008, provides funding to doctoral students to advance scholarship, leadership and innovation. The grants help also prepare doctoral candidates to become the best care providers for patients dealing with co-morbidities and chronic illnesses.

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Story written by Vjollca Hysenlika