In This Issue

1. Jonas Center to Achieve Goal: 1,000 Doctorally Prepared Faculty and Clinical Leaders in All 50 States By 2016

2. Jonas Center Supports Visionary Project Bringing New Light to End-of-Life Issues

3. Jonas Center Receives Continued Support From Foundation Partners: Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation and Bob Woodruff Foundation

4. Jonas Center Honors: Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Receive Nightingale Award; Dr. Claire Fagin Named First Jonas Center Ambassador; Brigadier General (Ret.) William Bester Selected to be Co-Chair of Expert Panel on Military & Veterans Health for the American Academy of Nursing

5. Recent Events: 2015 Jonas Scholars Leadership Conference; Jonas Center-Sponsored Lectures at NYAM; Jonas Center Hosts California Advisory Group Meeting; Darlene Curley Meets with Jonas Policy Scholars at AAN

6. Fifth Annual Jonas Golf Classic

Jonas Center to Achieve Goal: 1,000 Doctorally Prepared Faculty and Clinical Leaders in All 50 States

The Jonas Center recently announced that it will achieve its goal to prepare 1,000 nurse faculty and clinical leaders nationwide in 2016. The Jonas Center committed nearly $25 million to the effort, through grants to nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs, the field’s terminal degrees. 

Through its flagship initiatives, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars program and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, the Center has grown from six New York-area Jonas Scholars in 2008 to 600 across the country last year; the new anticipated cohort of 425 Scholars in 2016 brings to fruition the Jonas Center’s ambition far ahead of schedule and in advance of the Center’s 10th anniversary next year. Read more about this landmark achievement here


  Dying in America, a multimedia exploration of death and dying by award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Carolyn Jones, launched at the beginning of November as a website exploring end-of-life issues through the eyes of nurses who work specifically in palliative care. Supported by a grant from the Jonas Center, the website is the first phase of the project, which will culminate in a feature length documentary that will seek to change the way Americans confront death. Read more about the project here and visit

This fall, the Jonas Center received continued support from two of our esteemed foundation partners: the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

(Above: Current Jonas-Blaustein Nurse Leader Scholars met with Ms. Betsey Ringel, Executive Director, Blaustein Philanthropic Group; Ms. Tanya Herbick, Senior Program Officer, Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation; and Dr. Phyllis Meadows, Jonas Advisory Board Member during the 2015 Jonas Scholars Leadership Conference.)

The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation supports Jonas-Blaustein Nurse Leader Scholars, all pursuing their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, with the goal of effectively advancing and expanding the nursing profession and promoting nursing’s growing role in primary care. For more information about the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation, visit

(Above: Current Bob Woodruff Foundation-Jonas Nursing Scholars met with Ms. Meredith Beck, Senior Charitable Investments Advisor, Bob Woodruff Foundation; Dr. Margaret McClure, Jonas Advisory Board Member; and Brigadier General (Ret.) William Bester, Senior Advisor, Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program during the 2015 Jonas Scholars Leadership Conference.)

The Jonas Center received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to support Bob Woodruff Foundation-Jonas Nursing Scholars in our Veterans Healthcare Program whose doctoral research will focus on the “hidden injuries of war” including TBI, PTS, MST, and intimacy after injury. Learn more about the Bob Woodruff Foundation at

Jonas Center Honors


On September 26, 2015, Barbara and Donald Jonas, founders of the Jonas Center, received the inaugural Nightingale Award from the Center for Nursing at the Foundation of New York State Nurses at its 40th Anniversary Gala. This award recognized Mr. and Mrs. Jonas for their vision and for the ways in which they have supported the advancement of the nursing profession. Read more about this prestigious honor here.

Dr. Claire Fagin, RN, FAAN, current Jonas Senior Advisor for the Jonas Scholars Program will be named the first Jonas Center Ambassador, effective January 1, 2016. The Jonas Center is proud to honor Dr. Fagin in this way for her tremendous nursing leadership throughout her career and for her uniquely knowledgeable and experienced insight into nursing, as well as her overall guidance in support of the Jonas Center and the Jonas Scholar Program. 

Brigadier General (Ret.) William Bester, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Advisor, Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, was recently selected to be the Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on Military & Veterans Health for the American Academy of Nursing. The Expert Panel  identifies issues associated with the provision of health care to veterans, and to develop policy recommendations for health policy, health education and best practices based on the synthesis of scientific findings and scholarship relevant to military and veteran issues.


2015 Jonas Scholars Leadership Conference

In partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Jonas Center hosted its third Jonas Scholars Leadership Conference from October 25-27, 2015 in Washington, DC. The conference proved to be a great success and was a unique and beneficial experience for the 300-plus doctoral Scholars from all 50 states. The Jonas Scholars had the opportunity to meet Mr. Jonas, more than 600 deans from universities nationwide, the current leadership of all major nursing organizations, Jonas Center Advisory Board members, foundation partners and staff, and many other esteemed guests.


Jonas Center-Sponsored Lectures at NYAM

(Above: Mr. Jonas with current Jonas Scholars and Alumni at the Future of Nursing and Medical Education: Technology in the Classroom lecture.)

The Jonas Center sponsored two lectures this fall that were hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM): Future of Nursing and Medical Education: Technology in the Classroom, which featured a presentation by national leaders sharing examples of technology as a modality for learning; and Inpatient Collaborative Care: Working Together Reduces Costs but Not Quality, a panel that included leaders in psychiatric mental health within the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, supported by the Barbara Jonas Psychiatric Hospitalist grant. Read more about the Jonas Center-sponsored lecture series here.


Jonas Center Hosts California Advisory Group Meeting

On November 3, 2015, the Jonas Center hosted its California Advisory Group Meeting at the University of Southern California's University Club to share updates on the Jonas Center’s programs and activities over the past year and discuss its goals for the next two years. The discussion was led by Darlene Curley, Jonas Center Executive Director, and Brigadier General (Ret.) William Bester, Senior Advisor, Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program.

Darlene Curley Meets with American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholars

(Above: Darlene Curley [far right] with American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholars.)

Darlene Curley, Jonas Center Executive Director, met with Jonas Policy Scholars at the American Academy of Nursing (AAN)'s Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference in Washington, DC. The AAN Jonas Policy Scholars Program, funded by the Jonas Center, began in 2014 and recruits highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral nursing students for a two-year fellowship experience. Each scholar is matched with an Academy expert panel where they have the opportunity to learn from leading nursing experts about major health policy issues. Learn more about Jonas Policy Scholars Program here.


Save the Date: 5th Annual Jonas Golf Classic

The Jonas Center’s 5th Annual Golf Classic will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the Stanwich Club in Greenwich, rated #1 in Connecticut by Golf Digest.
100% of all donations go directly to the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, funding scholarships and research. 

For more information and to register, please contact Garwood Events by phone 212.678.0231 or by email.

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