Meet The 2014 Jonas Scholars: Kayoll Galbraith and Lauren Hamilton

Kayoll V. Galbraith and Lauren Hamilton have been selected as 2014 Jonas Scholars. The Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund started the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence in 2006 with the goal of deploying philanthropy to improve healthcare through nursing. They created scholarships to support doctoral nursing students and promising nursing faculty who have the potential to become leaders in their field. The Center is the largest program addressing the nation’s dire shortage of nursing faculty.

Galbraith, BSN, RN, joins Nakia Best, RN, MSN, as a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar. As part of the scholarship, Galbraith will complete a leadership project under the guidance of associate professor Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN. She is planning to form a peer-to-peer advising program for first-year PhD and DNP students. For her dissertation work, Galbraith plans to pursue a study of cultural perceptions related to HPV and HPV vaccination. She hopes her work will help reduce cancer health disparities among ethnic minorities.

With the support of the Jonas Veterans Healthcare program, Hamilton, RN, is pursuing her DNP so she can devote her advanced-practice nursing career to the challenge of improving mental health care services for veterans. With her advisor, professor Linda Beeber, PhD, RN, CS, Hamilton hopes to be a part of a new generation of providers who can deliver more accessible and affordable quality care to this population. The Jonas Center launched their Veterans Healthcare program in 2011. Since the launch, they have supported over 150 nurses in 31 universities across the country. Hamilton is the first student from the SON to receive a Jonas Veterans Healthcare scholarship.

Galbraith and Hamilton will be traveling to Washington DC in Fall 2015 to participate in a leadership development conference hosted by the Jonas Center and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.