The Jonas Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are made possible by a grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. As the nation’s leading philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education, the Jonas Center is addressing the critical need for qualified nursing faculty.
UNCG is part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare the next generation of nurses.

The UNCG Jonas Scholars join more than 1,000 future nurse educators and leaders at 140 universities across all 50 states supported by Jonas Center programs, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing PhDs and DNPs.

2018 Jonas Scholars

Dolly Pressley Byrd     Monalesia Chapman

Dolly Pressley Byrd-Dolly began her doctoral studies at UNC Greensboro Fall 2016. Her area of research interest involves screening/testing pregnant women for illicit substance use when arriving at the hospital in labor. While current guidelines recommend screening all pregnant women for substance use at the onset of pregnancy, little guidance is given regarding drug screening/testing women upon presentation to the hospital in labor. With the implications of the current opioid crisis, many hospitals have instituted screening/testing protocols in attempt to identify potential infants who may undergo neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Few hospitals have adopted universal screening protocols, while most institutions employ selective or risk-based screening options. Dolly plans to survey Labor & Delivery units across the southeastern US to see which screening/testing options are utilized, and explore whether selective protocols increase disparities among women of color or low social location.

Monalesia Chapman-Started on her PhD in Fall of 2016. Monalesia’s areas of research interest are oncology, early detection, and quality of life of Veterans with cancer during the survivorship phase.

2017 Jonas Scholars

Risa Peets – She began the PhD program in Fall 2015. Her research focus is chronic back pain in women veterans who served in the OEF/OIF missions, and the impact of this pain on their interpersonal relationships.

Tamra Shea – She began her PhD studies in Fall 2014. Tamra is investigating women’s understanding of prenatal aneuploidy screening in order to facilitate women’s informed decision-making for prenatal aneuploidy screening.