Jonas Center December 2011 Newsletter

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Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Honored with Partners in Excellence Award at AACN Annual Conference 

Donald Jonas Receiving the “Partners in Excellence Award”

In late October, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence co-sponsored the annual American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) conference in Washington, DC. During this event, AACN presented Mr. and Mrs. Jonas with the “Partners in Excellence Award” for their efforts to promote nursing science and practice excellence. This honor is presented to foundations, organizations, businesses, or other benefactors that have made significant contributions to advancing professional nursing education and research.


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Expanding New York-North Carolina “RIBN” collaboration to increase number of baccalaureate-trained nurses in urban and rural settings


The Jonas Center is expanding a successful program in New York City and North Carolina that aims to increase the number of nurses in each region with an advanced education. The program, Multi-Regional Model to Increase the Number of Baccalaureate Nurses in the U.S. (RIBN), joins community colleges and four-year institutions in an approach that streamlines the path from an associate’s to a baccalaureate degree.


Begun in 2008, RIBN is a partnership among the Jonas Center, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation. It is one of 11 initiatives of the Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future (PIN) program- a first-of-its-kind collaboration of the philanthropic community to foster innovations that help address the nursing crisis.


“Today’s nurses need the most up-to-date education to care for our aging population’s complex diagnoses, implement new medical technology and play a pivotal role in health care reform,” said Darlene Curley, Executive Director of the Jonas Center. “Nurses with baccalaureate degrees also feed the pipeline of potential nurse faculty – master’s- and doctorate-prepared nurses – addressing a shortage in the education system that limits the ability to train new nurses.”


Nationally, only 34% of the nurse workforce holds a baccalaureate or graduate degree while roughly 45% have earned an associate degree and 20% a diploma in nursing.


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Inaugural Recipient of Award for Advancing Nursing Leadership Announced


Norman Volk
Norman Volk, Chairman,
John A. Hartford Foundation

At a ceremony held at the Roosevelt Public Policy House, the Jonas Center presented their first ever Award for Advancing Nursing Leadership to Norman Volk, Chairman of the John A. Hartford Foundation. Mr. Volk was recognized for his dedication to the advancement of nursing education and philanthropy for a variety of nursing related initiatives.


“Norman personifies the spirit of this award and was a clear choice for the first recipient thanks to his decades of unwavering service to the nursing profession – the men and women who provide the majority of our health care,” said Donald Jonas, co-founder. “We are proud to work with Norman and to have the chance to honor his continuing leadership.”


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About the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence
Founded in February of 2006, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence ( is supported by the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund. Its mission is to advance professional nursing through grant making and programs that improve nurse recruitment and retention, increase ethnic and racial diversity among the nursing workforce, advance innovative practice models and improve practice settings in New York City.