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Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Awarded Grant from Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to Fund Doctoral Nursing Students
Grant is Part of National Initiative to Address Nursing Faculty Shortage
BOCA RATON, Fla. (June 11, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently received a $10,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. It will help fund the scholarship of a doctoral nursing student for the 2014-2016 academic years. As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, FAU is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America’s healthcare system continues to evolve.
“We urgently need more nursing faculty to meet the growing demand for nurses,” said Christine Williams, Ph.D., director of the Ph.D. in nursing program. “Graduates of the Ph.D. in nursing program become faculty leaders who educate future nurses and nurse scientists who improve nursing care through research.”
The FAU 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 Ph.D. and DNP programs, the terminal degrees in the field.
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.”
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.