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UVI Nursing Professor Desiree Bertrand Selected as Jonas Policy Scholar

UVI Alumna Desiree Bertrand, assistant professor of Nursing at the University, has been selected as one of five scholars from a nationwide pool to be designated as an American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholar.

The Jonas Policy Scholars Program is a new initiative of the American Academy of Nursing to recruit highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral nursing students for a two-year fellowship experience with the Academy for the purposes of:

1. Creating a pipeline of early-career nursing scholars who will contribute to shaping practice, education, and research policy relevant to nursing and the work of the American Academy of Nursing
2. Providing a mechanism for Academy expert panel leaders to mentor early-career policy scholars on key policy issues relevant to the panel’s area of focus and strategies for shaping those policies
3. Providing support to expert panel chairs in advancing the work of the expert panel to inform and shape policy and improve the health of the public

Expert panels represent the working groups of the American Academy of Nursing. They review current research and needs within their fields to make recommendations on projects or initiatives the Academy should undertake to transform health policy and practice.

Bertrand will attend the Academy’s 2016 “Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference”, on Oct. 20-22, in Washington DC. For more information contact Gloria B Callwood at