Indiana University School of Nursing Awarded Grant from Jonas Philanthropies to Fund Doctoral Nursing Students

By Rachel Leshinsky

Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON) is proud to announce it has been awarded a new grant of $30,000 from Jonas Philanthropies, a leading national philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education. Matched by $30,000 of its own monies, the grant will fund the scholarship of three PhD doctoral nursing students beginning in Fall 2018:

  • Adele Crouch, BSN, RN – expected to graduate Summer 2020
  • Kalyn Roessner, MSN, RN – expected to graduate December 2019
  • Alma Ahmetovic, RN, MSN, WCC, HFA – expected to graduate Summer 2020

Crouch is thankful for this scholarship as it will help her complete her dissertation research study as full-time student.

“It is an honor to receive the Jonas scholarship and I truly appreciate the accolade,” she said. “This is an excellent opportunity to connect and network with other PhD students and leaders in the nursing field.”

As a grant recipient, IUSON joins Jonas Philanthropies’ efforts to improve the quality of healthcare by investing in nursing scholars whose research and clinical foci specifically address our nation’s most urgent needs. The grant will empower and support nursing students with financial assistance, leadership development and networking to expand the pipeline of future nursing faculty, researchers and advanced practice nurses.

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, 1 an entire generation of the healthcare workforce is aging at a rapid pace. 2 This, coupled with care for the 22.2 million veterans living across the country, 3 means the United States is facing a dire need for a new era of highly educated nursing professionals. IUSON and Jonas Philanthropies believe the investment in the education of nurse leaders is critically important to improve the healthcare system.

“We are honored to have three of our doctoral students receive this prestigious scholarship to support their doctoral program of study,” said IUSON Dean Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “We look forward to the work they will be able to accomplish in their respective areas of research with the support of this generous award.”

The IUSON Jonas Nurse Scholars are part of the new 2018-2020 cohort of more than 200 Scholars pursuing PhD, DNP or EdD degrees at 92 universities across the country. Specifically at IUSON, Crouch will focus on such critical health priorities as cognitive dysfunction in long-term older breast cancer survivors, Roessner is studying relationships between maternity nurses and pregnant/parenting women with substance-use disorders and Ahmetovic’s doctoral work is concentrated on experiences of older adults during hospital transitions from long-term care nursing facilities. They join more than 1,000 Jonas Scholar alumni representing 157 universities across all 50 states.

“Each year, we grow more in awe of all our Jonas Scholars have achieved. It is with great honor that we welcome and celebrate this new cohort of nurse leaders,” said Donald Jonas, who co-founded Jonas Philanthropies with his wife Barbara Jonas. “With more than 1,200 Jonas Scholars to date who are committed to meeting the greatest health needs of our time, we look forward to continuing our work with our partner nursing schools and expanding our impact to advance care for the country’s most vulnerable populations.”

About Indiana University School of Nursing
Established in 1914, IU School of Nursing has been empowering leaders in practice, research, education and service for over 100 years. Ranked 12th among public schools and colleges of nursing for National Institutes of Health funding, the School’s scientists have achieved robust programs of research focused on quality of life in chronic illness, cancer prevention and control and nursing education. IU School of Nursing offers an undergraduate degree with three options and master’s degre with nine options. At the doctoral level, IU School of Nursing offers the PhD in nursing science, the only PhD program in the state of Indiana, and a leadership-focused Doctor of Nursing Practice. There are also multiple graduate certificates and continuing education opportunities.

1 http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2010/12/29/baby-boomers-retire/
2 https://www.ncsbn.org/summary_2013.pdf
3https://www.gao.gov/assets/590/585743.pdf