Barbara Lynn Jonas, MSW, FAAN, died on October 23. She was an activist in the arts, mental health and public policy. In 2006, Barbara, a respected psychiatric social worker, and Donald Jonas brought together their professional expertise and personal passions to address a growing crisis in our nation’s health care system — the nursing shortage. They established Jonas Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, a first-of-its-kind philanthropic program dedicated to advancing the nursing profession and helping returning veterans.
NACNS deeply appreciates that Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, and support for the Jonas Scholars, continue to be the signature investment of Jonas Philanthropies as it identifies and invests in high-potential doctoral nursing scholars who will address the nation’s most pressing health care needs.