Seton Hall University College of Nursing announced today that with a new grant of $20,000 from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, matched by $20,000 of its own monies, it will fund the scholarship of two doctoral nursing students in 2014. As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, Seton Hall is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America’s healthcare system continues to evolve.
The Seton Hall 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.
Phyllis Shanley Hansell, Ed.D, R.N., FAAN, Dean of the College of Nursing, notes, “We are pleased to partner with the Jonas Center to work to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in New Jersey and throughout the country.”
The Jonas Center, the 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.”
The two new students will join current Jonas Scholar, Carmen Torres, M.S.N., R.N. Torres has used this opportunity to help influence others. “Being named Seton Hall University College of Nursing’s Jonas Scholar is a prestigious honor. This scholarship will help me achieve my goal – to become a Ph.D.-prepared nursing scholar and a role model for future minority nursing students and the Hispanic Community, says Torres.”
About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the Ph.D. program opened in 2006. US News and World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.
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