Jonas Nurse Scholars Initiative prepares doctoral students to be leaders

“People understand things differently,” he said. “If you can understand how they are thinking, then you can set up systems to get around those limiting behaviors. You have to meet people where they are if you want them to do what you need them to do.”

Mathis believes that specialized approach is critical for working in veterans’ health care. The Jonas Philanthropies agrees.

That’s partially why, in 2008, the foundation established the Jonas Nurse Scholars, an initiative to help foster doctoral nursing leaders: researchers, nursing faculty, clinicians and others.

The selected scholars are focused on the nation’s “most pressing health care needs” such as chronic health, psychiatric-mental health, environmental health and more. Certain recipients, who are dedicated to veterans’ health, are designated Veterans’ Healthcare Scholars

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