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Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing Awarded Grant from Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to Fund Doctoral Nursing Students

02/18/14  Portland, Ore.

This Grant is part of a national initiative to address nursing faculty shortage; Oregon Health & Science University to fund 3 Jonas Scholars

Portland, OR, February 18, 2014 – Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) announced today that withOHSU logo a new grant of $30,000 from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, matched by $30,000 of its own monies, it will fund the scholarship of 3 doctoral nursing students in 2014. As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, OHSU is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America’s healthcare system continues to evolve.

The OHSU 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 (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs, the terminal degrees in the field.

The School of Nursing is very pleased to have received this award. These Jonas Center programs are remarkable leadership development opportunities for our students that will provide connection and collaboration nationally. Peggy Wros, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Diversity is pleased that the award allows the OHSU School of Nursing to prepare a greater number of future nurse faculty leaders. Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Dean and Vice President for Nursing Affairs at OHSU, also recognizes the importance of this award. “Financial support is critically important for nursing students, especially at the doctoral level. OHSU Jonas Scholars will benefit from high-quality preparation in research, practice and education, graduating ready to begin their roles as faculty who will prepare future professional nurses.”

The Jonas Center, a leading philanthropic funder for nursing, is addressing a critical need, evidenced by troubling data from the AACN 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.

“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.”

OHSU School of Nursing was awarded two previous Jonas Veterans Healthcare Programs scholarships for the previous 2012-2014 grant period. The two recipients were Kathy Ingelse, who is focusing on mental health of rural women veterans, and Cindi Warburton, who works with homeless veterans and is studying perceptions of healthcare by women veterans. . Both scholars attended the Jonas Leadership conference in fall, 2013 and will graduate from the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in June, 2014.

“The Leadership Conference was a wonderfully rewarding experience in which I found a great deal of value in networking with other students, deans and leaders of National organizations,” says Cindi Warburton, previous Jonas Scholar.

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