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Regis receives and matches prestigious Jonas Grant to fund two nursing doctoral degrees

June 5, 2014

Melinda Luther and Erica Mumm each receive $20,000 scholarship

Regis College announced today that it is matching a new grant of $10,000 each from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to fund the scholarships of 2 doctoral nursing students in 2014. As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, Regis College is part of a national effort to stem the nursing faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America’s healthcare system continues to evolve.

“The Regis College Nursing Program is honored to receive this prestigious award, which provides funding resources for future nurse faculty leaders and primary care healthcare providers for the country’s veterans,” said Dr. Karen Crowley, Associate Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) at Regis. “We have educated a number of veterans returning home to pursue advanced degrees in nursing,” she continued, “and their insight and experience have clearly informed the intellectual value of our program.”

Melinda LutherErica MummThe two Regis Jonas Scholars selected from a pool of candidates are Melinda Luther from Hollis, NH, and Erica Mumm, from New Hartford, CT. Both are enrolled in the DNP program at Regis College. Melinda Luther, who was awarded the Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar award, will focus her scholarly work on evaluating the quality, reliability and efficiency of student nurse assessment measures to achieve desired learning outcomes. Erica Mumm, who was awarded the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar award, will focus her studies on facilitating growth in research and awareness of integrative health techniques for the assessment and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans. Mumm’s husband is a veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The combined grant of $20,000 each will help Luther and Mumm complete their nursing doctorate degrees. The Regis College 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 PhDs and DNPs, the terminal degrees in the field.

The Jonas Center, the leading philanthropic funder for nursing, is addressing a critical need for qualified nursing faculty. Troubling data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing show that 2013 saw the lowest enrollment increase in professional RN programs in the past five years, and this was related to faculty shortage.

“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.”

Melinda Luther said “I am honored to be selected as a Jonas Scholar. The profession of nursing needs leaders in order to continue to advance the health of our nation, to enhance the quality of education for future nurses, and to promote the role of nursing in the health care arena. I will do my best to use my developing leadership skills toward the accomplishment of these goals."

Regis president Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, noted that “For over a decade, Regis has taken a lead in identifying and responding to the need to educate nursing faculty and to advance the graduate and undergraduate education of nurses. We are very pleased,” she continued, “to be recognized by the Jonas Center and look forward to shepherding Melinda Luther and Erica Mumm in their doctoral studies as they address current and pressing issues in health care.”

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