Two UNLV School of Nursing Doctoral Students Named Jonas Scholars

Maulah Adanri (left) and Paul Smith
Jul. 3, 2014

UNLV School of Nursing named two of its doctoral students Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars, supporting their pursuits of advanced nursing degrees and preparing them to help new students address the needs of future patients.

Students Maulah Adanri and Paul Smith will each receive $20,000 for their nursing studies during the next two years, making them part of a national effort to stem the nursing faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America’s healthcare system continues to evolve.

The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare awarded the School of Nursing $20,000 to support one PhD and one DNP Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar. The school matches the amount received to fund the scholarships. Adanri and Smith are the school’s third and fourth recipients.

Adanri is pursuing a DNP at UNLV. She is currently the manager of cardiac telemetry, progressive care, and the centralized monitoring center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is a certified Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is interested in developing a mentor program for minority nursing students designed to prepare them for leadership roles.

Smith is pursuing a PhD in Nursing, nurse educator track, at UNLV.  He is currently an assistant professor of nursing at Linfield College in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches a variety of courses in traditional and online classrooms. His clinical specialties include adult health nursing and adult critical care with emphasis on neurological conditions. His research scholarship focuses on diversity, cultural competence, and health disparities seen in the LGBT community.

The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program supports more than 250 scholars in all 50 states. Adanri and Smith join nearly 600 future nurse educators and leaders at 110 schools supported by Jonas Center programs.