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FSU College of Nursing obtains grant to address nursing faculty shortage

Grant helps fund university’s first Jonas Scholar doctoral nursing student

Monday April 7, 2014
Alicia Craig-Rodriguez
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Florida State University’s College of Nursing has received a $10,000 grant, the university’ first grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, according to a news release. The grant, matched by the College of Nursing, will fund the scholarship of a doctoral nursing student in 2014-2015.

The Jonas Center, based in New York, is addressing a critical need as evidenced by data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing showing that 2013 saw the lowest enrollment increase in professional registered nursing programs in the last five years. This primarily is due to a shortage in qualified faculty.

“Awards like this provide learning opportunities that complement the doctoral curriculum and ultimately contribute to the growing pool of outstanding nursing leaders and faculty,” Judith McFetridge-Durdle, RN, PhD, dean of the College of Nursing, said in the release. “Grants that support doctoral education in nursing are urgently needed to address the shortage of nursing leaders and qualified nursing faculty to prepare the next generation of nurses.”

Alicia Craig-Rodriguez, a DNP student, has been named Florida State’s Jonas Scholar. She will participate in the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program and will attend the Jonas leadership development conference in Washington, D.C.

Craig-Rodriguez’s DNP project is “APRN Scope of Practice,” a knowledge assessment and educational intervention to provide Florida’s advanced practice registered nurses with the core competency requirements needed to ensure safe and effective prescribing of opioids in clinical practice. Craig-Rodriguez has more than 25 years of leadership experience, including 20 years in the healthcare field and 16 years in clinical trials management.

As a Jonas Scholar, she joins nearly 600 future nurse educators and leaders at 110 schools supported by Jonas Center programs. Jonas Center scholarships support nurses pursuing a PhD in nursing or a DNP.


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