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March 13, 2014 — The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing has received a matching $10,000 grant to fund a scholarship for one Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student in 2014.
The grant, from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, is matched by $10,000 from the school. As a Jonas Center grant recipient, the UW School of Nursing is part of a national effort to stem a national nursing faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America’s health care system continues to evolve.
UW’s Jonas Scholar will be selected by June through a competitive written application process and awarded to a DNP student whose application demonstrates commitment to leadership as an advanced practice nurse, says DNP Program Director Ann Marie Hart. She says the UW Jonas Scholar will be exposed to some of nursing's top leaders and innovative leadership principles.
“The recipient will work closely with a nursing faculty mentor to develop and carry out a project to develop his or her leadership goals,” Hart says. “In addition to promoting leadership within our selected scholar, the Jonas program will also promote existing nursing leadership within our DNP program.”
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence is nationally recognized for its commitment to advance nursing scholarship, support innovative clinical practice and develop outstanding nursing faculty, Hart says.
The scholarship recipient will join nearly 600 future nurse educators and leaders at 110 schools supported by Jonas Center programs nationwide. The scholarships support nurses pursuing Ph.D. and DNP degrees, the terminal degrees in the field.
The Jonas Center, the leading philanthropic funder for nursing, helps to meet a critical need as evidenced by data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The data reveal that 2013 saw the lowest enrollment increase -- due primarily to a shortage in qualified faculty -- in professional RN (registered nurse) programs during the past five years.