For the first time, the Jonas Scholars Program has recruited a group of nurse leaders to serve as subject matter experts in each area of research. These individuals will provide ongoing guidance and mentorship to all Fellows. UC Jonas Scholars will additionally receive leadership development and research support from faculty and community partners.
“The overwhelming support is there,” says Florentin. “I really enjoyed it and learned a lot about myself as a leader.” The Air Force veteran is working on his Mental and Psychic Health DNP and developing interventions to help healthcare providers empathize with military and veterans to improve patient outcomes.
In the fall of 2021, fellows completed a leadership seminar course taught by Gillespie; Beth Ann Clayton, DNP, CRNA, FAAN, professor and director of the nursing anesthesia program; and Richard Prior, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, Associate Professor and DNP Program Director. The course identified fellows’ personal strengths, leadership characteristics and communication styles and taught management and career advancement skills. This semester, fellows will take an immersion course that requires a 30-hour service leadership project with a professional organization.
Beyond that, scholars meet regularly with a five-person faculty committee and a project chair who serve as resources and periodically monitor student progress. The courses, says Prior, have opened students up to topics beyond what their degree programs offer.