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Indiana University School of Nursing awarded national grant to prepare future nursing faculty

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June 4, 2012

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In an effort to increase the number of doctorally prepared nursing faculty, IU School of Nursing has been awarded funding by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence to support two Ph.D. students who will participate in the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, more than 67,000 qualified applicants were not accepted into nursing programs nationwide in 2010 because of a shortage of over 1,000 nursing faculty.

The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence is the largest program in the nation that speaks to the shortage of nursing faculty. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program urges nursing students pursuing doctoral degrees to continue as nursing leaders in academia. It also aims to expand the number of doctorally prepared nurses in practice who also serve as health care leaders. The program currently has Jonas Scholars in all 50 states.

The Jonas Scholars program awarded IU School of Nursing a $20,000 grant to support two Ph.D. scholars with a required additional match of $20,000 in partnership with two clinical partners: Franciscan St. Francis Health, and Wishard and Eskenazi Health Services. Each Jonas Scholar will receive a stipend of $20,000 over two years.

“We at the School of Nursing are very grateful for the Jonas Scholars Leadership funding,” said IU School of Nursing associate dean of graduate programs Patricia Ebright, Ph.D., CNS, RN, FAAN. “The awards will enable two of our students to focus their studies on their scientific research interests and, perhaps most importantly, on faculty-mentored leadership opportunities that will prepare them for successful and influential academic/research careers in nursing.”

Lisa Scarton, BSN, RN, and Rebecca Elizabeth Guilkey, BA, BSN, RN, CCRN, are the School of Nursing students chosen to receive the Jonas Scholar funding. Guilkey and Scarton will work with their faculty research mentor and health care organization leader to develop and implement a project designed for the health care organization where each scholar is working. Guilkey will be working with St. Francis, and Scarton will be working with Wishard Health Services.

“The future of nursing depends on faculty who, during their doctoral program, develop leadership skills as well as establish national networks with emerging leaders from other programs throughout the country,” said IU School of Nursing Dean and Distinguished Professor Marion Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. “The Jonas Scholar program enables future faculty to engage in both leadership development and networking by providing the scholars with an opportunity to come together annually in a national forum to learn from each other as well as national leaders in nursing. This allows the doctoral candidates to better envision what their role can be in shaping the profession to weather the complex times ahead. IUSON is grateful to the Jonas Foundation for their vision and support.”


The Indiana University School of Nursing is the largest nursing school with undergraduate to Ph.D. and DNP programs in the country. The school was recently ranked 12th for National Institutes of Health funding, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate programs 15th in the nation. IU School of Nursing is also designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.

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