NLN Announces Annual Research Grants & Jonas Scholar Awards Promoting Nursing Education Scholarship

NLN Announces Annual Research Grants & Jonas Scholar Awards Promoting Nursing Education Scholarship

Formal Presentation Will Be Held During the 2022 NLN Education Summit, September 28-30 in Las Vegas

Washington, DC — The National League for Nursing proudly announces the winners of the competitive scholarly research grants program and the selection of Jonas Scholars, under the banner of the NLN/Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education. Formal presentation will take place during the 2022 NLN Education Summit, September 28-30 in Las Vegas.

NLN Chair Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, interim associate dean of academic affairs at Michigan State University in Lansing, said “As the first national nursing organization to fund nursing education research, the National League for Nursing takes seriously its unique role in elevating evidence-based, innovative scientific inquiry in pursuit of transformative excellence in nursing education. The work of these deserving scholars reflects the importance of the continuing search for increasingly sophisticated solutions to the complex, dynamic health care challenges of today’s world.”

NLN President and CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN said, “Nurse educators committed to discipline-specific pedagogy are the vital link to a future nursing workforce that will transform patient care, advancing the health of our nation and the global community. Deepest thanks are also due to our partners at Jonas Philanthropies, which has generously funded the Jonas Scholars Program at the NLN/Chamberlain Center for more than two decades. We also thank our dedicated scholars on the Research Grants Review Panel who made tough selections from a competitive field of research grants applicants.”

Jonas Scholars receive direct funding in their final year of doctoral study, leading to completion of their dissertation projects, as well as support for travel expenses to attend conferences, including the NLN Education Summit. Since its inception in 2010, the Jonas Scholars Program has been generously funded by Jonas Philanthropies, a New York-based foundation that promotes excellence in nursing.

Under the direction of NLN Distinguished Scholar Barbara Patterson, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, who heads the NLN/Chamberlain Center, the program has included a comprehensive mentoring component with leading scholars at the NLN/Chamberlain Center. Jonas Scholars have been recommended by faculty at their respective academic institutions, further fostering a network of novice researchers.

2022 NLN Nursing Education Research Grants

Dorothy Otto Research Award

Denise Campbell, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CEN, CHSE; Bette Mariani, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN; Gina Sigler, MS, PhD(c)

University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing, Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, and MacAulay-Brown Inc.

Management of Distractions for Safe Medication Administration: A Multi-Site Study


Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Research Award

Jessica E. Draughon Moret, PhD, RN; Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN; Amy Nichols, EdD, RN, CNS, CHSE, ANEF; Jennifer J. Edwards, MS, RN, CHSE; and KT Waxman, DNP, RN, FAAN

University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and University of California San Francisco School of Nursing

Exploring Inclusive Teaching Practices During Simulation Experiences


Nancy Langston Research Award

Donna Badowski, DNP, RN, MSN, CNE, CHSE; Kelly Rossler, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE; Leticia (Tish) Gill-Gembala, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE; and Nanci Reiland, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC

DePaul University School of Nursing, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Temple University College of Public Health, and Lewis University College of Nursing & Health Science

Teaching Motivational Interviewing Skills to Pre-Licensure Nursing Students: A Comparison of Simulated Telehealth, Simulation Gaming Technology and Traditional Clinical Learning Environments


NLN Foundation & Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo Research Award

Kathleen Aumann Morales, PhD, RN, CNE; Modupe Adewuyi, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, CHES; Cynthia E. Johnson, PhD, RN, CHSE; and Rebecca M. Gee, PhD, RN, CHSE

University of West Georgia Tanner Health School of Nursing, Kennesaw State University WellStar School of Nursing, and Middle Georgia State University School of Health and Natural Sciences

Digital Approach to Dementia Care Education


Mary Anne Rizzolo Doctoral Research Award

Heather Guest, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, Doctoral Candidate

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; University of Texas at Tyler School of Nursing Doctoral Program

Trauma-Informed Care in Nursing Curricula: Development of a Simulation-Based Educational Framework for Health Professions


Co-sponsored Grants

NLN/Sigma Foundation for Nursing Diane Billings Research Award

Vincenza Coughlin, MS, RNC-MNN, CNE, NPD-BC, Doctoral Student

New York University Langone Health

Examining Content and Construct Validity of the NYU Langone Health Nursing Education and Competency Algorithm (NE-CA)


NLN/Eastern Nursing Research Society Doctoral Research Award

Sarah L. Beebe, PhD, APRN, CNM, WHNP-BC, CHSE (doctoral candidate at time of submission)

The George Washington University School of Nursing

Reflecting on Diagnosis: Factors Associated with Diagnostic Reasoning in Family Nurse Practitioner Students


NLN/Western Institute of Nursing Research Award

Oluwatoyin Olukotun, PhD, RN, and Erica Bailey MS, RN, NC-BC

University of Portland School of Nursing & Health Innovations

BIPOC Students’ Experiences with Social Justice Content in the Classroom


Partial funding for the grants was thanks to donations to the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education.

2022-2023 NLN Jonas Scholars—Cohort XII

Elizabeth Cunniff, MSN, RN, CNE, CNP, University of Northern Colorado

Theresa Gruenke Schnable, MSN, RN, CNE, Marquette University         

Carly Kearney, MSN, RN, Widener University

Meghan Liebzeit, MSN, RN, CPN, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

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About the National League for Nursing

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 professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its nearly 45,000 individual and 1,100 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations. Learn more at

August 29, 2022


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