Working to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Leda Evans, BSN, RN, OCN, was one of only 40 DNP applicants nationwide to receive the Veterans Healthcare scholarship that funds doctoral nursing students. Her scholarship was announced on June 2, 2014, by Dr. Yvette Petti, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Grand Valley State University.
As a two-part grant, $10,000 of the Jonas scholarship is funded by the Jonas Center over the two years, and the other $10,000 is matched by the Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley. Evans is slated to earn her DNP by spring 2016, and has a special focus on care coordination and access to care for veterans challenged by HIV/AIDs.
“I was interested in what Jonas Scholars stand for, and wanted to be a part of the movement to shape nurses into leaders,” said Evans, who currently works on 4 Lacks. “In addition to the monies, Jonas Center provides conferences and other opportunities where I can enhance my leadership skills.”
According to Grand Valley, the Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University Jonas Scholars join nearly 600 future nurse educators and leaders at 110 schools supported by the Jonas Center programs, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program and Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs, the terminal degrees in the field.
“As a future DNP, I can help bridge the gap between the research and nursing practice” said Evans about her choice in DNP degree.
According to Grand Valley, 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.