Jonas Center January 2011 Newsletter

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Happy New Year from Mr. & Mrs. Jonas

On behalf of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, we wish you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Nurses are truly the linchpin of our healthcare system, leading the charge for better healthcare for every American.


We have made so many new nursing friends in 2010 and feel blessed to support, in our small way, the crucial work of nurses. It is hard to believe that we began supporting nursing scholars and innovative practice just 5 years ago in the greater New York City area and are now partnering with healthcare organizations, other funders, and leading nursing schools from coast to coast! This success recognizes Nursing’s central role in healthcare reform and high quality patient care.


The Jonas Center will be expanding our Scholar program and launching new and exciting programs in 2011-12! Stay up to date by checking our website and joining us on Facebook!

Barbara and Donald Jonas

Future of Nursing Rollout

On December 9, 2010, national nursing, policy and health industry leaders congregated at Hunter College in New York City to discuss the Future of Nursing report that was published in October. They focused on various challenges facing the nursing profession, including the shortage of nursing educator positions left unfilled.


The persistent shortage of nursing educators can exacerbate the overall nursing shortage and have a devastating impact on patient care. Darlene Curley of the Jonas Center and Christine Kovner of the New York College of Nursing developed the following estimate of this “ripple effect” based on current nursing education and practice workloads:

  • A full-time nursing educator in a baccalaureate program may teach roughly 300 students per year, assuming three classes of 50 students each per semester, and two semesters per year;
  • Over the course of a 25-year career, that educator will prepare 7,500 nurses;
  • An average RN might care for ten different patients over a four-day workweek, 48 weeks per year;
  • Over a 30-year career, that nurse will care for 14,400 patients;
  • Thus, the 7,500 nurses trained by one faculty member collectively touch the lives of 3.6 million patients.

For more information and key conclusions from the Future of Nursing conference, please visit our news section and share your comments.


The Future of Nursing Conference was co-hosted by the Jonas Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

A Look Back: The Jonas Center in 2010

The Jonas Center made great strides in advancing the nursing profession in 2010; here are some of the highlights:


Jonas Center and American Association of Colleges of Nursing Co-host Fall Scholar Conference


From October 31 through November 2, 2010, the Jonas Center and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) co-hosted a conference for some of the nation’s most promising doctoral nursing students, policy leaders and deans of top nursing schools. The conference featured a panel of PhD students and panelists who shared their perspectives on the nursing shortage and patient care in the future. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jonas were in attendance to highlight the importance of philanthropy for aspiring scholars.

(L to R) Claire Fagin Senior Advisor JCNE, Donald Jonas, Barbara Jonas

Expansion of Jonas Center Nurse Leaders Scholar Program

July of 2010 saw the Jonas Center collaborate with the John A. Hartford Foundation and the National League for Nursing to expand funding for doctoral nursing students at the nation’s leading institutions-a crucial step to address the nursing faculty shortage. Read more here.


Jonas Center Sponsors Inaugural Nursing Student Policy Summit


In March of 2010, the Jonas Center was the primary sponsor at the inaugural Nursing Student Policy Summit, where the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) hosted the next generation of health policy leaders. This event featured leaders from the National Institute of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Jonas Center Executive Director, Darlene Curley. Read more here.

Connect with the Jonas Center Online


If you haven’t been to our website recently, you’re in for a big surprise! In November, we re-launched our website with a brand new look, feel and various new interactive features, including:

See all of the changes at:


In addition to our new website, the Jonas Center has joined Facebook and Twitter and created a YouTube page. Be sure to ‘like,’ ‘follow’ or ‘watch’ us to stay up to date with the latest news about the Jonas Center and the nursing profession.

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.