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National grant funds Georgia College doctoral student scholarship
National grant funds Georgia College doctoral student scholarship

Georgia College recently received a $10,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

With matching funds from the university, it will sponsor the scholarship of one doctoral nursing student for the next two years. As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, Georgia College is part of a national effort to address the faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America's health care system continues to evolve.

The Georgia College Jonas Scholar is Kristin Corbin. She begins her doctoral education this summer. 

Corbin, who is from East Cobb County, holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Georgia College and recently graduated from the Georgia College Master of Science in Nursing program with a focus in family nurse practitioner. Her proposed research project in the doctoral program is to develop and implement a nurse practitioner-run wellness program utilizing social media.

Aside from her work, Corbin also serves on the board of directors of Honduras Outreach International, whose vision is to create life-changing relationships between the people of developing countries and North Americans.

"Kristin will serve as an excellent ambassador for our university, the nursing program and the Jonas Center," said Director of the School of Nursing Dr. Judy Malachowski.

Corbin joins nearly 600 future nurse educators and leaders at 110 schools supported by Jonas Center programs, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program and Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing Ph.D.s and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees, the highest degrees in the field.

Georgia College has a DNP program educating leaders in clinical and primary care as well as nursing faculty.

"The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program directly relates to one of Georgia College's key value statements – excellence in graduate education," said Georgia College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kelli Brown. "We are looking forward to contributing to the development of Ms. Corbin as a future nurse leader."

The Jonas Center, the leading philanthropic funder for nursing, is working to address a critical need. In 2013, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) data noted the lowest enrollment increase in professional RN programs in the past five years. This is due primarily to a shortage in qualified faculty.

"The call for more nurses – and thus the faculty to prepare them – is massive. Health care in America has never been more complex, yet tens of thousands of would-be nurses are turned away from the profession each year," said Donald Jonas, co-founder of the Jonas Center. "We've stepped up the pace and expanded our programs to meet this need."

For more information on the Georgia College School of Nursing, visit gcsu.edu/nursing.

To find out more about the Jonas Center, visit jonascenter.org.

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