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National League for Nursing Names Second Cohort of Jonas Scholars First Group of Nurse Educators Have Earned PhDs

National League for Nursing Names Second Cohort of Jonas ScholarsFirst Group Are Now Doctor-Credentialed Nurse Educators

$75,000 Grant from New York-Based Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence Funds Two Years of Doctoral Research to Advance Science of Nursing Education


New York, NY — October 13, 2011 — The National League for Nursing has named five PhD candidates NLN Jonas Scholars, the second cohort to be chosen for this prestigious honor supporting doctoral research in nursing education.

Last year, when the program was established with a $75,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, the NLN selected a first group of doctoral students to receive funding as they worked toward the completion of their degrees. That group has since graduated and joined the ranks of nurse faculty with PhDs, fulfilling the grants stated purpose to advance the science of nursing education through evidence-based research.

The Jonas Scholars Program was created in 2008 as an innovative program to support the educational development of new nurse faculty. It includes a series of conference calls and other interactions among the scholars and between scholars and mentor-leaders. Mentors, who provide Jonas Scholars with support in leadership and career development, are esteemed faculty scholars previously inducted as fellows in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education, recognized for their enduring contributions to the science of nursing education.

"This program represents another way the NLN promotes faculty development and creates opportunities for leadership and career advancement. Therefore, in addition to the emerging scholars named as our newest Jonas Scholars, we also salute those faculty mentors who have been recruited from the NLN Academy of Nursing Education to fulfill that crucial role," said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Added Judith Halstead, PhD, RN, ANEF, president of the NLN and executive associate dean for academic affairs at Indiana University School of Nursing: "We are proud to be working with the Jonas Center to expand the number of doctorally prepared nurse educators and look forward to the contributions these emerging leaders will make to the science of nursing education. I anticipate they will serve as exemplars of academic progression in nursing education, another priority in the NLNs mission to foster excellence in nursing education."

NLN Jonas Scholars are selected through competitive review. Funds are distributed through the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education and include financial support for the scholars research through the 2011-12 academic term and travel expenses for meetings with mentors at the NLN Education Summit.

NLN Jonas Scholars - Cohort 2 (2011-2012)

  • Brian M. French, MS, RN; William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College
  • Stephanie Jeffers, MSN, RN; Villanova University College of Nursing
  • Catherine Jean Morse, MSN, ANP/GNP/ACNP-BC, CCRN; Villanova University College of Nursing
  • Susan J. Owens, MSN, RN, FNP-BC; Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Anne Poppe, MN, RN; University of Washington School of Nursing

NLN Jonas Scholars - Cohort 1 (2010-2011) Updates

  • Ann M. Bowling, PhD, CPNP; Assistant Professor, Wright State University - Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health
    Jonas Scholar: Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
  • Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CNE; Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing
    Jonas Scholar: Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Jennifer Gunberg Ross, PhD, RN, CNE; Adjunct Faculty, Villanova University College of Nursing
    Jonas Scholar: Villanova University College of Nursing
  • Lisa Adams Wolf, PhD, MSN, RN; Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    Jonas Scholar: William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College

For additional information about the Jonas Scholars, please contact Elaine Tagliareni, NLN chief program officer at 212-812-0333 or

Editors/Reporters: For interview opportunities, please contact Karen R. Klestzick, chief communications officer at the NLN, at 212-812-0376 or

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 35,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members who represent all types of nursing education programs.

The mission of the Jonas Center is to advance professional nursing through grant-making and programs that improve nurse recruitment and retention; increase ethnic diversity among the nursing workforce; promote innovative practice models; and improve practice settings in New York City and beyond.