Three Jonas Scholars Selected as 2018 American Academy of Nursing Fellows

NEW YORK (July 16, 2018)– Jonas Philanthropies is proud to announce that three exemplary Jonas Scholars have been selected to join the 2018 class of American Academy of Nursing Fellows. The Scholars are among 195 esteemed nurse leaders who will be inducted during a ceremony at the Academy’s annual policy conference, Transforming Health, Driving Policy, taking place Nov. 1-3, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

“We are extremely proud of our Jonas Scholars who have recently been selected as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing,” said Brigadier General William T. Bester, senior adviser of Jonas Philanthropies. “Our Jonas Scholars are leaders in academia, advanced clinical practice, research and veterans care and will contribute immensely to the Academy’s mission of selecting nursing’s most accomplished leaders to help advance the profession through health policy, practice and science.“

The Academy Fellows, with the addition of the 2018 class, are comprised of more than 2,500 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. The highly competitive application process requires sponsorship by two existing Fellows, evidence of significant contributions to nursing, healthcare, and the well-being of all, among other criteria. Applicants are reviewed by a panel of elected and appointed Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

The Jonas Scholars to be honored at this year’s ceremony include:

  • Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, ANEF, CNE, Associate Professor of Nursing at Marquette University, Jonas Scholar 2010-2011
  • Emerson Ea, DNP, APRN, Assistant Dean of Clinical & Adjunct Affairs and Clinical Associate Professor at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, Jonas Scholar 2014-2016 and Jonas Policy Scholar at the American Academy of Nursing 2014-2015
  • Alicia Rossiter, DNP, FNP, PCPNP-BC, FAANP, Program Director, V-Care, Military Liaison and Assistant Professor at University of South Florida College of Nursing, Jonas Scholar 2012-2014

“We are so proud of the Jonas Scholars selected to join the Academy Fellows and congratulate them on this accomplishment that recognizes their standing among our country’s top nursing faculty, clinical leaders and researchers,” said Darlene J. Curley, chief executive officer of Jonas Philanthropies. “We see this prestigious honor as a true testament to the leadership skills that are developed in each of our Jonas Scholars.”

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