Jonas Center July 2011 Newsletter


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Jonas Scholars:

Share Your Story!

We’re inviting Jonas Scholars to share their expertise and experiences in our new blog feature: Jonas Scholar Profiles.

Please send us your stories so we may share them on our JCNE blog.  Simply email them to

See what your peers are doing… Read a Jonas Scholar Profile on our blog today.

Barbara and Donald Jonas Honored for their Support of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Barbara and Donald Jonas with JHUSON Dean, Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN

In May, Barbara and Donald Jonas received the Worth B. Daniels, Jr, MD Award for their exemplary service to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON).


“The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence has been very generous in its financial support for tomorrow’s nursing leaders,” noted JHUSON Dean Martha N. Hill, PhD, RN. Barbara and Donald Jonas are the first recipients of the award since it was established in 2005 in the name of its inaugural recipient, Daniels, a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine graduate.

Please visit our website for more information about the Worth B. Daniels, Jr, MD Award.

Jonas Center Partners with AACN to Expand Flagship Scholars Program 


As part of our larger goal of supporting 150 new doctoral students across all 50 states, we have embarked on an exciting collaborative partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to expand the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program.  This initiative will provide financial assistance, leadership development and mentoring to support the entrance of aspiring nurse faculty into research-focused (PhD, DNS) and practice-focused (DNP) doctoral nursing programs.


“This vital program will increase the ranks of new nurses and prepare the future workforce to lead in ways that grow and advance the field. These nurses will sit at the health policy table, spearhead groundbreaking research and change nursing practice in ways to improve care and save even more lives,” said Donald Jonas.


Please visit our website for more information about this initiative.

The Jonas Center Marks Milestone as First Scholars Graduate 

We’re proud of our outstanding new PhDs, all of whom are already sharing their invaluable knowledge with the next generation of nursing students.

Lisa Adams Wolf

Lisa Adams Wolf, PhD, MS, RN, CEN 

Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing

Currently Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Jennifer Gunberg Ross

Jennifer Gunberg Ross, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Villanova University, College of Nursing

Currently Adjunct Professor at Villanova

Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN, CNE

Indiana University, School of Nursing

Currently Assistant Professor at Indiana University in the School of Nursing

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.