Recent RN-to-BSN graduate and incoming PhD student Christina Jones was selected to receive the 2017-2018 Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future-AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship. She will receive a $16,500 scholarship and additional funding in the amount of $1,500 to cover her expenses for attending AACN’s Faculty Development Conference which is scheduled for November 15-16, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.
While a student in the RN to BSN program, Jones was invited to participate in the Top Student Poster Presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society’s annual conference (seen at right). She received the first-place award in this category and had the chance to meet and network with nursing researchers from around the country. In her doctoral program, Jones hopes to study the role of nursing-implicit bias on racial and ethnic disparities in end-of-life decision-making for terminally ill patients.
“Dying with dignity is something that I am deeply passionate about, and is a topic that is very close to my heart. For me, helping a patient and their family through the transition from life to death is one of the most meaningful and significant roles of a nurse. I’d like to conduct research that may ultimately make it more likely for critically ill patients of all racial groups to have the option to minimize unnecessary prolongation of life and instead, experience a peaceful and pain-free death,” Jones said.
The Johnson and Johnson award is highly competitive, and it is a tremendous honor for Christina and the college.