Nursing students receive Jonas Scholar Award

Nationally, The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, was created in 2008 to support the educational development of nursing doctoral students, increasing the number of advanced practice nurses who can fill varied roles as primary care providers, nursing school faculty and health care leaders. This initiative has expanded to fund nearly 600 doctoral nursing students at more than 115 of the nation’s leading academic institutions in all 50 states. To learn more about the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, including the many experiences they will be included in, please visit their website.

UWM College of Nursing received funding from the Jonas Center for Nursing to support 3 PhD students for the Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars program. Each Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar was awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to support their educational goals.

Benefits of being a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar:
•    Travel support to the mandatory 2017 AACN Jonas Nurse Leaders Conference in Washington DC
•    Opportunity to work closely with your major professor as faculty advisor on a project to be determined by you and the Major professor
•    Each student works closely with major professor to develop and implement a ‘feasibility project’ that would serve as a spinoff to their dissertation area.

Project Synopsis of UWM College of Nursing Jonas Scholars (2016-2018)

Linda Wesp
Ms. Wesp is an advanced family nurse practitioner with extensive experience in working in the area of infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. She has extensive backgrounds in working with vulnerable populations in the area of prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among adolescents and the LGBTQ community. For her Jonas Scholar experience, Ms. Wesp will work closely with her major professor and Dr. Gary Harper of the University of Michigan to analyze an existing large data set on LGBBTQ health and well being. This project will allow her to gain experience with coding and analysis of qualitative data that will be used for her dissertation research. An important outcome of her Jonas project is to develop recommendations and multi-media resources for health care and social service providers based on recommendations of transgender youth about how to improve general and HIV specific health care, programs, and services for this subpopulation.

Mary E. Kellgren
Ms. Kellgren is an advanced practice nurse with extensive experience in working in the area of nursing education. Her research focuses on the pedagogies of teaching and learning including the use of technologies in the classroom. Ms. Kellgren has leadership experience with the National League of Nursing and intends to develop her dissertation research in the area of simulation research. For an outcome for her Jonas Scholar experience, Ms.Kellgren will work closely with her major professor to test instruments/tools used in incorporating simulation in classroom settings—an area that will be develop further for her dissertation research. The goals of the project for her Jonas scholar will include performing a thorough literature review to determine what tools, if any, are currently available regarding any aspect of educator development in simulation; perform a gap analysis of these tools to determine the need for self-assessment in the areas covered by the participant’s dissertation tool. She also plan to work with her major professor in preparing a manuscript summarizing this work for submission to a peer-reviewed journal and for potential publication.

Kelly Calkins
Ms. Calkins is an advanced practice critical care nurse. Her research focuses on exploring and examining post intensive care syndrome among patients that have been admitted to an intensive care unit. Under the supervision of her major professor, Ms.Calkins proposed Jonas Scholar project is a feasibility study aimed at identifying patient’s perceptions of their life and critical care experience following the occurrence of a critical illness. In this project she will also identify what patients perceive as barriers to their recovery. Using qualitative methods, Ms. Calkins will employ semi-structured interviews guided by the phenomenology inquiry framework to gain in-depth information on patient experiences in the ICU. As an outcome for the Jonas project, she will develop and implement the in-depth interviews and analyze the data, write up the findings and disseminate the results at a conference. This project will allow her to gain experience in the development of a qualitative study and analysis of data. Her project is expected to serve as a feasibility project that would expand into her dissertation research area.