Jonas Award 2013


 PhD Student - Nanci Swan Recipient of a Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar Award

Nanci A. Swan, MSN, RN, CCRN is currently a nursing instructor for The UAB SON. She has completed undergraduate degrees in both psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a BS in nursing at Georgia Southern University, as well as a master’s degree in nursing at Jacksonville State University.

As a critical care nurse working in a Level One Trauma and Burn Center, Ms. Swan developed an interest in how the care of patients with burns prior to transfer to a designated burn center can alter the trajectory of patient outcomes.

Ms. Swan currently serves as a faculty member for the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academy (VANA). She has developed and implemented clinical simulations for trauma and burn care for nursing students and for VA nurses. The Journal of Burn Research recently accepted one of her manuscripts for publication. Ms. Swan is working toward her PhD in Nursing at UAB and the focus of her doctoral work is to investigate the implications of nursing care for burned patients prior to transfer and its effect on patient outcomes.

JonasThe Jonas Center is a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting nurses by developing faculty leaders, supporting nursing scholarship and innovative nursing practice.
The Jonas grants, made through institutional awards prepare doctoral candidates to help students address the needs of future patients – from dealing with co-morbidities and chronic illnesses to providing culturally competent care. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program was expanded in 2010 to fund a total 59 doctoral nursing students at nearly two dozen of the nation’s leading academic institutions.

The Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholars program began in the fall of 2012, the center is supporting scholarships for 54 nurses to be trained at the doctoral level on veteran-specific healthcare needs, ranging from clinical to policy to administration to education, to help ensure our veterans are receiving the best possible care. Scholar’s research projects will be focused on priority veterans’ healthcare need (as identified by the White House and Veterans Administration.)