Jonas Scholarship

The goal of the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program is to increase the number of doctorally prepared faculty available to teach in nursing schools nationwide, as advocated by the Institute of Medicine’s recent report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Supported by the Jonas Family Fund at the Jewish Communal Fund, the program will provide financial assistance, leadership development, and mentoring support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty into research-focused and practice-focused doctoral nursing programs.

The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence will provide selected nursing students in doctoral programs with $10,000 in financial support, to be distributed in $5,000 installments for each of the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years. The institution in which the student is enrolled will match the financial support amount and distribution schedule. In addition, schools will provide support for Scholars to attend a Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) leadership development conference in Washington, DC in fall 2013. At least one scholarship will be awarded for each state.


2012-2014 Jonas Scholar


Kerry Jordan, APRN, MSN, CNS-BC, CNL

Kerry Jordan, a longtime Arkansas resident, has functioned as a registered nurse, clinical nurse specialist, and nursing instructor in the state for the last 20 years.  She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a research focus in enhancing autonomy in clients with dementia.  As a clinician Ms. Jordan has worked in a variety of settings from intensive care to community care.  She has taught in three different nursing programs in the state and currently holds a full time faculty position at the University of Central Arkansas.  At UCA she is currently responsible for developing and training master’s level nurses for the new clinical nurse leader role.  Ms. Jordan is active in several state and national nursing organizations focused on improving care for elders.  She also routinely participates in community endeavors in Conway Arkansas, focused on improving collaborative senior care.