Three Doctoral Nursing Students Named Jonas Scholars

Molloy College Awarded Grant from Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to Fund Doctoral Nursing Students

Grant is part of a national initiative to support 1,000 nurse scholars in all 50 States

Pictured (L-R) are: Jennifer Withall, Renee Buonaguro, and Sara Bradwisch.

Pictured (L-R) are: Jennifer Withall, Renee Buonaguro, and Sara Bradwisch.

Molloy College announced that, with a new grant of $30,000 from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, it will fund the scholarship of three doctoral nursing students in 2016. As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, Molloy is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare the next generation of nurses - critical as a clinical nurse shortage is anticipated just as an aging population requires care.

The Molloy Jonas Scholars join more than 1,000 future nurse educators and leaders at 140 universities across all 50 states supported by Jonas Center programs, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program and Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs, the terminal degrees in the field.
Molloy's Jonas Scholars include:

  • Sarah Bradwisch, from Rockaway Beach.  Ms. Bradwisch was a Navy nurse for 12 years and currently teaches Pediatrics Nursing at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.
  • Renee Buonaguro, a former Rockville Centre resident.  Ms. Buonaguro earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Molloy and now works as an oncology clinical specialist at a pharmaceutical company.
  • Jennifer Withall, from Farmingdale.  Ms. Withall taught at Molloy for five years as an adjunct professor and is currently Assistant Manager for Orthpedics at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

"We are pleased to have three of our graduate students recognized as Jonas Scholars," said Jeannine D. Muldoon, Ph.D., R.N., Dean of Molloy's Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing.  "There is a shortage of trained nurses needed to develop the next generation of caregivers, and the Jonas Scholars program is helping to address that need."

As the nation's leading philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education, the Jonas Center is addressing the critical need for qualified nursing faculty. U.S. nursing schools turned away nearly 70,000 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2014 due in large part to an insufficient number of faculty[i]. Further, nearly two-thirds of registered nurses over age 54 say they are considering retirement[ii].

"In 2008, we set an ambitious goal to support 1,000 Jonas Nurse Scholars. This year, on our Center's 10 anniversary, we celebrate this achievement and amazed by the talent of this cohort of future nurse leaders," said Donald Jonas, who co-founded the Center with Barbara Jonas, his wife. "In the decade to come, we look forward to continuing to work with our partner nursing schools and to the great impact that the Jonas Scholars will have on improving healthcare around the world."

The Molloy Jonas Scholars will begin their graduate careers in the fall and will be supported through 2018 as they focus on such critical health priorities as educating the future nursing workforce, mentoring oncology nurses, and providing health delivery to female veterans and their families.

[i] American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2014-2015 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing 

[ii] AMN Healthcare, 2015 Survey of Registered Nurses: Viewpoints on Retirement, Education and Emerging Roles

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