The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence have announced the launch of a joint effort aimed at increasing the number of nurses with doctoral degrees who teach at the the college level.
This initiative will funnel $2.5 million into the Jonas Center’s already existing program for doctoral nurses. As a result, 150 new students will be given financial assistance, leadership development and support. The money will fund both research-based nursing programs, such as the PhD, and practice focused, such as the DNP.
“Nursing’s academic leaders applaud the Jonas Center for their innovative and visionary work to address the critical need for nurse educators prepared at the doctoral level,” said Kathleen Potempa, the president of AACN. “As the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, AACN is pleased to support the Jonas Center’s work.”
Representatives from the Jonas Center commented on the importance of increasing the number of students pursuing degrees past their masters in nursing during a time when there is a great shortage of healthcare providers in the nation.