School of Nursing Awarded National Scholarship to Support Future Nurse Leaders

(March 28, 2012) The UCLA School of Nursing received a grant for two Ph.D. scholars from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence as part of its Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, the largest program addressing the nation's dire shortage of nursing faculty.

"We are honored to receive this prestigious national scholarship for two of our Ph.D. students," said Courtney H. Lyder, dean of the UCLA School of Nursing. "Faculty shortages at nursing schools are limiting student capacity at a time when the demand for nurses is skyrocketing."

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, in 2011 more than 75,000 qualified applications to professional nursing programs were turned away, including 14,354 applications to graduate programs primarily due to faculty shortages and resource constraints.

Ph.D. students Lindsay Williams and Ariel Rankin have been selected to each receive a $20,000 scholarship. Over the next two years, Williams and Rankin will work with the school's nursing curriculum committee to further develop and refine concept in the B.S. and M.E.C.N. pre-licensure programs at the School of Nursing.

This is the third year for the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program and the first year on a national scale. The new cohort includes 142 Ph.D. and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) scholars representing all 50 states. The 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, bringing their vast experience and expertise in nursing leadership programs.

"We wanted the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program to dramatically change the landscape of nursing education and, ultimately, the future of nursing and healthcare," said Donald B. Jonas, co-founder. "We feel we've made great strides toward the first goal and look forward to the impact these remarkable men and women will have on the healthcare of future generations."

The UCLA School of Nursing is redefining nursing through the pursuit of uncompromised excellence in research, education, practice, policy and patient advocacy. Ranked among the top nursing schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report, the school also is ranked No. 4 in nursing research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and No.1 in NIH stimulus funding. In 2009-10, the school received $24 million in total research grant funding and was awarded 26 faculty research grants. The school offers programs for the undergraduate (B.S.), postgraduate (M.S.N. and M.E.C.N.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) student. For more information, please visit the website at