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Lisa Wolf

PhD candidate Lisa Wolf has been selected as a Jonas Nursing Scholar by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence and the National League for Nursing (NLN). The Jonas Nursing Scholars program seeks to support educational development of new doctoral-level faculty and stimulate models for joint faculty appointments between schools of nursing and clinical affiliates.

Nominated scholars were sought out from five schools: Boston College, Villanova University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Washington, and Indiana University. All of the scholars were chosen because their dissertation projects aligned with the educational goals of the National League for Nursing. This group of five scholars will receive research grant monies to fund the dissertation research, and will meet throughout the year with mentors chosen from the NLN Academy of Nurse Education Fellows.

"This is a very prestigious honor which is only offered to students at select schools," states Connell School Dean Susan Gennaro, "and we are very proud to have had a student chosen."

Lisa Wolf's work focuses on the components of clinical decision making—through two years of ethnographic study, she developed a conceptual model of clinical decision making in high acuity high uncertainty areas, such as the emergency department, which looks at the interplay of moral reasoning and environment of care on the accuracy of problem identification. Her dissertation project is a quantitative study that will examine the weight and direction of these relationships. Through her research, Wolf hopes to establish under what conditions different elements of the model are most prominent, and where and when to best target educational interventions to improve clinical decision making.

"I'm honored to be a part of this very small group of Jonas Scholars, thrilled to have been recommended by the deans of the Connell School, and looking forward to learning as much as I can over the next year from my cohort and mentors," says Wolf.

Wolf holds undergraduate degrees in anthropology and English from Amherst College, an MFA in writing and literature from Emerson College, a nursing diploma from St. Elizabeth's Hospital School of Nursing, and an MS from Molloy College. She teaches undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, works as a clinical educator in the emergency room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts, and also speaks and writes nationally about topics pertinent to emergency department nursing and education.

About the Jonas Center
The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence was founded in February 2006 to advance professional nursing through grant making and programs that improve nurse recruitment and retention, increase ethnic and racial diversity among the nursing workforce, advance innovative practice models, and improve practice settings. To date, it has committed more than $6.4 million in grant programs, including the Jonas Nursing Scholars Program, which was founded in 2008.

About the National League for Nursing
Founded in 1893, the National League for Nursing (NLN) was the first nursing organization in the United States. NLN members include nurse educators, education agencies, health care agencies, and interested members of the public. Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the NLN offers faculty development programs, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 30,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.