To be housed at the Columbia University School of Nursing, the center will remain a national organization with partnerships at nursing schools in every state and will continue to support efforts to prepare the next generation of nurses through the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program, which seeks to address the shortage of nursing faculty by supporting doctoral candidates and joint faculty appointments, and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which supports doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans' health care.
Launched in 2006 by Barbara and Donald Jonas, the center has become the largest U.S. initiative working to address the nurse faculty shortage and, by 2016 will have helped prepare a thousand nursing faculty and clinical leaders nationwide through its two programs.
"The decision to move the Jonas Center was equal parts pragmatic and visionary," said Darlene Curley, the center's executive director. "As Barbara and Donald near retirement, they want to ensure the sustainability and growth of their important foundational work. At Columbia Nursing, and together with all of our valued partners, our mission to develop outstanding faculty, advance scholarship, and spark innovative practice will not only endure, but will be enhanced."