Nursing Faculty Member Heads Up Student Leadership Conference

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Stephanie Short Thomas, assistant professor of nursing, is a 2014-2016 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar. She completed her Jonas Project on October 2, successfully coordinating the first Student Leadership Summit for the Georgia Nursing Leadership Coalition (GNLC). The event was held at Middle Georgia State University.


The purpose of the summit was to promote, encourage and build knowledge for effective leadership. According to GNLC, nurse leadership is critical for promoting the viability of healthcare organizations.  The summit’s objectives support the Robert Wood Johnson/AARP “Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action” initiatives to expand opportunities for future nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts; to ensure that future nurses engage in lifelong learning; and  prepare and enable future nurses to lead change and advance health in moving forward the agenda of the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.”


The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program was created in 2008 to support educational development of new nursing faculty and stimulate models for joint faculty appointments between schools of nursing and clinical affiliates.