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Two DNP students to attend FNU as Jonas Scholars
HYDEN, KENTUCKY – AUGUST 2012: Frontier Nursing University is honored to partner with the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence by participating in the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which is addressing the nation’s dire shortage of nursing faculty. We are proud to announce that two of these Scholars – representing Idaho and Alaska – will attend Frontier Nursing University this fall.
This third cohort of doctoral candidates in the Jonas Scholar program brings the program to a national scale. Launched in 2008 with six scholars in three states, the program now includes more than 200 students in nearly 85 schools nationwide. It is the largest program addressing the shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role. In 2010 alone, nursing schools turned away more than 67,000 qualified applicants because of a shortage of more than 1,000 faculty.
The new cohort includes 142 Ph.D. and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) scholars representing all 50 states, including Tracey Wiese of Alaska and Annette Asper of Idaho, who will attend Frontier on full scholarship. This cohort of scholars will be funded through 2014 with $2 million from the Jonas Center, which the schools leveraged to raise an additional $1.5 million. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing will administer the program.
“Our mission is to improve healthcare through nursing, and by reaching all 50 states, we can improve healthcare for all Americans,” said Darlene Curley, Executive Director of the Jonas Center.
According to Curley, Jonas Scholars – who are expected to teach – will not only grow the ranks of nursing faculty but will also expand the number of advanced practice nurses who can serve as primary care providers and healthcare leaders – a vital role as the nation’s healthcare system is undergoing sweeping transformations.
FNU will support our two new scholars by providing a matching contribution for the Jonas scholarship money. FNU was asked to recruit Doctor of Nursing Practice students from Alaska and Idaho, two states which do not have a DNP program. Our distance-learning format and high-quality program made FNU a perfect fit to fulfill the goal of having a scholar in every state.
About our Scholars
Tracey Wiese received her BSN from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and her MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner) from Frontier Nursing University. She completed UAA’s Post-Master’s program in Psychiatric Mental Health Advance Practice Nursing (PMHNP). She is currently a primary care provider for the nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center in Alaska (CARES) through the Children’s Hospital in Anchorage. Tracey’s DNP capstone project will examine the long-term effects on the health of Alaskan adult survivors of childhood physical, mental, and sexual violence and will provide specific recommendations for Alaskan primary care providers in the recognition and management of this major public health problem.
In 2005, Annette Asper received her BSN from Lewis Clark State College (LCSC), Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where she served as the nursing representative to the LCSC Associated Students. In 2006, she completed certification in medical surgical nursing and, in 2010, she earned her MSN (Family Nurse Practitioner) from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Annette’s DNP capstone project will develop curricula and a residency practice for family nurse practitioners, focusing on community-based, primary care management of musculoskeletal diseases. The projected impacts of this capstone are to increase quality of life and decrease the burden of healthcare costs for people with musculoskeletal diseases.