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Four KU doctoral-level nursing students named Jonas Scholars

September 25, 2018

By Kristi Birch

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Four University of Kansas School of Nursing doctoral students have been named Jonas Scholars for 2018 by Jonas Philanthropies, a leading national philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education. The award provides the scholars with financial assistance, networking and leadership development, thus helping to expand the pipeline of future nursing faculty, researchers and advanced practice nurses.

The four nurse leaders are part of the new 2018-2020 cohort of more than 200 Jonas Scholars pursuing doctoral degrees at 92 universities across the country and focusing on such critical priorities as chronic health, environmental health and preventive health. They join more than 1,000 Jonas Scholar alumni representing 157 universities across all 50 states, and they bring the total number of Scholars from the KU School of Nursing, since 2012, to eleven. 

"We're thrilled that the award will help us educate more nurse leaders as well as potential faculty who can then teach the next generation of nurses," said Sally L. Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the KU School of Nursing. "With nursing shortages across Kansas and the rest of the country expected to grow more severe, educating more nurses at higher levels is critical."

Megan Campbell In kindergarten, Megan Campbell was asked to draw what she wanted to be when she grew up. She drew a nurse, and says that ambition has remained steady ever since. The McPherson, Kansas, native earned her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from the KU School of Nursing. She now works as a nurse case manager at the University of Kansas Health System and is pursuing the family nurse practitioner specialty within the BSN to DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) program.
Amenda Fisher A registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health, Amenda Fisher lives in her hometown of Rogers, Arkansas, where she designs and implements health promotion programs for the 1.6 million employees of Walmart and their families. Working toward a Ph.D., she is focusing on preventive health.
Marcy Holford Marcy Holford says she found her calling at age 16 when she became a certified nursing assistant serving a geriatric population. She is currently the director of nursing at a residential community with medical and therapeutic support services in her native Wyoming. Now working toward a Ph.D. in nursing research, she says she credits her journey to the first residents she served as a CNA, the night-shift nurse who provided mentorship and an internal gravitation toward service.
Amanda Huerta The first person in her family to attend college, Amanda Huerta is a fourth-year student in the DNP program studying innovative, individualized care that addresses neglected, underserved groups. Working with one of her gerontology professors, she has created a mobile primary care unit in Wyandotte County to help underserved elderly population and plans to expand this project after graduation.  

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