Innovative Practice Grantees

Current Grantees (2017)

This grant supports a free online nursing continuing education course designed to enhance nurses’ ability to reduce lead poisoning in children.

Dominican Republic Nurse Scholars (2016-2021)

The grant award will support the Dominican Republic Medical Partnership’s efforts to enhance the professional nursing workforce and increase the number of nurses in the Dominican Republic, specifically through support for seven students to attend undergraduate nursing school in the Dominican Republic.

Cooke Center (2016-2017)

This grant supports the important role of school nurses,by funding a full-time registered nurse at the Cooke Center Grammar School, who will play a vital role in ensuring that the daily medical needs and personal health goals of every student at the school are being met appropriately.

Bateyes Hypertension Program, Dominican Republic (2016-2017)

This grant supports the Dominican Republic Medical Partnership to address hypertension in under-served areas of the Dominican Republic by expanding their successful grass-roots hypertension screening and treatment program, including support for four Jonas Global Fellows from the University of Missouri who have traveled to the Dominican Republic to participate.

Barbara Jonas Psychiatric-Mental Health Scholars (2014 – 2018)

Supports 20 PhD and DNP candidates at NYU College of Nursing, who will become clinical and academic leaders in the field of psychiatric-mental health. 

American Academy of Nursing Policy Fellows (2014 – 2017)

The Jonas Center will support the Jonas Policy Scholars Program at the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), comprised of 18 Jonas Policy Scholars (five in 2014-2015seven in 2015-2016 and six in 2016-2017) who will support the work of 12 AAN Expert Panels. 


Past Grantees

Dying in America and Defining HOPE (2015-2016)

A grant from the Jonas Center supported the development of Dying in America, a multimedia exploration of death and dying by award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Carolyn Jones, as well as the film Defining HOPE. Both projects explore end-of-life issues through the eyes of nurses who work in palliative care. 

Nurse Family Partnership (2015)

The Jonas Center made a grant to support the work of Nurse Family Partnership in Sonoma County, specifically to create a program to recruit more bilingual public health nurses in the area.

Partners in Health (2015)

This grant will support the work of Partners in Health in Haiti.

Jonas Nursing Honors Scholars at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing (2014 – 2015)

Supports 18 high-achieving students at the beginning of their academic careers through Hunter's undergraduate nursing curriculum.  

Khan Academy and AACN (2014 – 2015)

This grant was awarded to continue and grow our partnership with Khan Academy and the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to offer new and improved healthcare-related content on Khan’s free learning web site.

NCLEX-RN Competition with Khan Academy (2013-2014)

The Jonas Center provided grants to Khan Academy and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to support an international contest that generated free online healthcare tutorials, specifically to support graduates of nursing programs in preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam.

A Multi-Regional Model to Increase the Number of Baccalaureate Nurses in the US (RIBN) (2008-2014)

Led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation, Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future energizes local foundations to act as catalysts in their communities to develop strategies for creating and sustaining a viable nursing workforce. To help develop solutions and lead efforts within New York and North Carolina, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, in partnership with The Foundation for Nursing Excellence of North Carolina, was awarded a two-year grant of $250,000. Additionally, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence contributes $125,000 over two years to the academic partners in New York City. Similar funding is available for the North Carolina sites from North Carolina-based funders.

The Jonas Center’s grant, A Multi-Regional Model to Increase the Number of Baccalaureate Nurses in the US (RIBN), partners associate and baccalaureate degree programs, dually enrolls entering students in both degree programs, provides an integrated curriculum and mentors students, all in an effort to make the transition to baccalaureate study as seamless as possible. The goal of RIBN is to bring associate and baccalaureate nursing programs together in new partnerships to 1) increase the number of professional nurses with baccalaureate degrees and nurses poised to pursue education at masters and doctoral levels, thereby creating a long-term solution to the nursing and nursing faculty shortage 2) increase the proportion of baccalaureate nurses from racially and ethnically diverse groups and 3) expand the number of graduate nurses educated in public health and gerontological nursing. The RIBN project’s New York-based academic partners include Queensborough Community College, Hunter College and the City University of New York. North Carolina-based partners include the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and Western Carolina University.

University of San Diego (2013)

The Jonas Center awarded the university a  grant to co-fund the USD-Jonas Foundation San Diego Homeless Women Pilot Project.

Veterans Village San Diego (2013)

The Jonas Center awarded a grant to Veterans Village San Diego to support the purchase of medical reference materials for their Center.

Volunteers of America at Blue Butterfly Village (2013)

The Jonas Center awarded a grant to Volunteers of America, Greater Los Angeles for a one-year planning grant for utilizing nursing services for Blue Butterfly Village in Los Angeles, which houses homeless women veterans and their children.

Foundation of New York State Nurses (2012 - 2013)

This grant from the Jonas Center will help support the Foundation of New York State Nurses' oversight of the New York State Action Coalition (NYSAC).  The NYSAC is a committee that works to advance the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a collaboration created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP Foundation. The NYSAC is part of a broad national effort to implement the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing Report. 

Transitional Care Model (2011 – 2012)

This grant supports a study that addresses the existing knowledge gap around care management for elders suffering from multiple coexisting conditions. With support from the Jonas Center, the Betty Irene Moore Foundation and the Hillman Foundation, researchers will build upon a multidisciplinary team’s extensive body of research examining the effectiveness of a nurse-led transitional care model that supports high risk older adults and their family caregivers during acute phases of chronic illness, and extending this model to include longitudinal care management for this population.

Bronx Healthcare Learning Collaborative (2011 – 2013)

The Bronx Healthcare Learning Collaborative is a response to the needs of a healthcare industry that is rapidly changing and the concern of industry leaders interested in meeting the workforce and patient care challenges through: a) the creation of career and education pathways; and b) education and other supports to ensure sufficient Latino workers to provide culturally and linguistically sensitive care. It is believed that the Project has the potential to: a) create national models for modifying and creating educational programs to prepare the healthcare workforce; b) enhance the ability of the industry to fill needed positions at all levels; and c) inform the preparation of other bilingual, multicultural workers and thereby impact the ability of healthcare employers to develop a culturally competent workforce.

In addition to 1199SEIU and 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds, project partners include The City University of New York, the New York City Department of Small Business Services (Workforce Investment Board) and community-based organizations including Bronx Works and Wildcat.

The Jonas Center grant helps support the Project through the appointment of a part-time Director who will coordinate all Project activities, assuring that the goals and objectives will be met within the grant period.

Nurse Family Partnership (2011)

A nurse-led maternal health and home visitation program, Nurse-Family Partnership partners low-income, first-time moms with maternal and child health nurses. Through ongoing home visits from registered nurses, low-income, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. From pregnancy until the child turns two years old, Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitors form a much-needed, trusting relationship with the first-time moms, instilling confidence and empowering them to achieve a better life for their children – and themselves.

An evidence-based community health program, Nurse-Family Partnership's outcomes include long-term family improvements in health, education, and economic self-sufficiency. By helping to break the cycle of poverty, we play an important role in helping to improve the lives of society's most vulnerable members, build stronger communities, and leave a positive impact on this and future generations.

Visiting Nurse Service of New York Jonas Distinguished Lecturer Series (2010 – 2011)

The purpose of this grant is to support the Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s (VNSNY) lecturer program, founded in 2008 in collaboration with area nursing schools to help alleviate nurse faculty shortages by training a cohort of VNSNY’s master’s-prepared RNs to teach as adjunct faculty. The program offers a 13-credit post master’s certificate training course in partnership with Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing for 20 students.

DR/U Miami (2011)

This grant forged a partnership between the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies and healthcare systems in the Dominican Republic to assess opportunities for nursing workforce development in the Dominican Republic.

St. Paul’s Center of New York, Inc. (2011)

This grant provides support to continue the Jonas Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners Scholars Program at St. Paul’s Center of New York, Inc., which trains graduate student Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners in the practice of community psychiatry at the Manhattan-based mental health care center.

Grantmakers in Health (2010 – 2011)

This one-year grant supports Grantmakers in Health, an educational non-profit that provides resources for organizations working in health philanthropy.

RIBN Success Counselor (2010 – 2011)

This grant provided further support for the Multi-Regional Model to Increase the Number of Baccalaureate Nurses in the US (RIBN – see above for more information) project for both Queensborough Community College in New York and the Foundation for Nursing Excellence in North Carolina. Each institution received $5,000 to fund a Nursing Advisor (i.e. Student Success Advocate) who provided crucial support to students during their first year of the RIBN program.

Urban Institute (2008)

The goal of this report, The Nursing Workforce Challenge: Public Policy for a Dynamic and Complex Market, is to assist the Jonas Center with its initiative to move forward the issue of the increasing shortage of nurses to care for the United States’ aging population. The Urban Institute Report proposed to do so by assessing the knowledge base underlying the evolving policy agenda. The report prepares a descriptive analysis of shortage issues that is at once authoritative and accessible to policy makers. Four main domains of substantive work are foreseen, to 1) document the dimensions 2) explore causes of the shortage, 3) explore causes of the shortage and 4) assess readily available evidence on related nursing issues and recommend an agenda for improving their knowledge base as well.

Who Will Care for Me? (2006 – 2009)

Under its 2006 inaugural program, Who Will Care for Me?, the Jonas Center awarded grants carefully aligned with its mission to promote nurse recruitment and retention, advance racial and ethnic diversity among nurses, improve practice settings and support innovative nursing practice models. Grants, averaging $300,000 over three years, were given to 12 new partnerships between academic institutions and clinical practice settings.

  1. Columbia University School of Nursing & Beth Israel Medical Center
    Evidence-Based Practice Nursing Program - To support baccalaureate students and clinical nurse leaders develop and implement evidence-based practices.

  2. Greater New York Hospital Association & Lehman College School of Nursing, CUNY
    Bridging the Gap: Linking Clinical Practice to Academia (GAP Program) - To increase the number of clinical nurse educators and adjunct faculty in clinical settings; enhance clinical education and training of student nurses; and improve recruitment and retention of nurses in hospital settings.

  3. Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC); Woodhull Medical Center, HHC & School of Nursing: Adelphi University; Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing; Pace University, Lienhard School of Nursing; New York University , College of Nursing; Lehman College School of Nursing, CUNY
    Leadership Academy for Nurse Leaders - To enhance leadership competency among nurses employed in the Health and Hospitals Corporation’s hospitals and increase nurse retention.

  4. Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Department of Veterans Affairs & Visiting Nurse Service of New York
    Enhance Literacy in New Information Technology among Undergraduate & Graduate Nursing Students - To advance technical competency among students and faculty with state-of-the-art electronic patient information systems in hospitals and home-care settings.

  5. Lehman College School of Nursing, CUNY & Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
    Expanding Diversity among the Nurse Workforce: A Collaborative (EDAN) - To build racial and ethnic diversity and cultural competency in the nursing workforce by increasing the recruitment, retention and graduation of Hispanic nursing students.

  6. Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University & Mt. Sinai Medical Center
    Culturally Sensitive Care for Vulnerable & Underserved Patients in NYC - To build cultural competency among student nurses and clinical nurse mentors to improve patient-centered care, increase professional satisfaction and to improve nurse recruitment and retention in hospital practice.

  7. Long Island University & Brooklyn Hospital Center
    Nurse Mentor Program - To recruit and educate masters-prepared nurse managers from Brooklyn Hospital Center to serve as clinical preceptors and adjunct faculty for baccalaureate nursing students and increase recruitment and retention of nurses in Brooklyn.

  8. New York-Presbyterian Medical Center & Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University
    NYP Nursing Residency Program - To improve retention of new graduate nurses in hospital settings through adoption of a six month residency and mentorship program that also aims to increase quality of care, improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

  9. New York University College of Nursing & New York University College of Dentistry
    Addressing the Healthcare Challenges of the 21st Century through an Innovative Practice Model - To provide primary nursing care to underserved individuals and older adults through establishment of a Nurse Practitioner faculty-run clinic co-located with dental practice clinics.

  10. Queens Hospital Center, Health and Hospitals Corporation & Adelphi University School of Nursing
    Nurse Retention Project - To increase the retention rate of newly hired nurses at Queens Hospital Center through a structured preceptor and mentorship program.

  11. St. Paul’s Center of New York, Inc.
    Jonas Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Scholars Program - To enhance the education and training of psychiatric graduate student nurse practitioners for work in community psychiatric care settings.

  12. Visiting Nurse Service of New York & Queensborough Community College
    Strengthening the Home Care Nursing Profession - To recruit new Associate Degree nurse graduates and, through a year long residency program, advance their preparation, knowledge, skills and clinical competency for practice in home care settings.