Portrait of Sheila Hurst and Donald Jonas
WSU College of Nursing doctoral student Sheila Hurst, left, with Donald Jonas of the Jonas Center.

Two WSU College of Nursing doctoral students are in Washington D.C. to participate in the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program‘s leadership conference.

Sheila Hurst and Laura Sherburne were chosen to receive grants under the Jonas Scholars program, which works to increase the number of nursing faculty and advanced practice registered nurses nationwide.

Hurst entered WSU’s Ph.D. program in 2015, and her dissertation topic is “Practices of Head Lice Treatment Among School Age Children.”

Sherburne entered the program that same year; her dissertation topic is “Examining Healthcare and Genomics from the Military Veteran’s Perspective, Identifying Strengths and Barriers to the Integration of Genetic Testing and Genetically Based Therapies.”

Jonas Scholars receive financial support, leadership training, and networking opportunities.  There are nearly 200 Jonas Scholars at the leadership conference.

The Jonas Center was founded in 2006 when Barbara and Donald Jonas, philanthropists and art collectors, auctioned 15 abstract expressionist artworks and generated $44 million. The Jonas Scholars program was launched in 2008, and since 2012 the Center has partnered with the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing to advance its goal of developing nursing faculty and advancing nursing scholarship.

Portrait of Sheila Hurst and Laura Sherburne in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Sheila Hurst, left, and Laura Sherburne, Jonas Scholars from the WSU College of Nursing.