nursing schoolFive doctoral nursing students committed to improving care by addressing issues ranging from patient safety to preventing re-admissions to retaining the best pediatric nurses have been named Jonas Scholars, an honor that carries an award of up to $10,000 to foster their capstone projects.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing teamed with the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Nursing and the Jonas Center to choose the scholars. All are students from the School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to advance practice scholarship because we have focused the rigorous work of doctoral students on a set of important clinical challenges. It is a great model for problem solving that helps us join the academic interests of students with the priorities of service," says DNP Program Director Mary Terhaar, DNSc, CNS, RN. “Everybody wins.”

The Jonas Scholars and their capstone projects:

Christina DiNapoli, MSN, RN--Improving Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Compliance Among Patients

Marlo Eldridge, MSN, CPNP--Optimizing Surgical Outcomes Among Bladder Neck Reconstruction Candidates

Erika Setliff, MSN, RN--Reducing Nurse Distraction Due to Technology in Critical Care

Jennifer Milesky, MSN, RN--Best Practices for Oncology Care

Vanessa Velez, MSN, RN--Promoting Nurse Retention in Pediatric Intensive Care

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