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National grant funds Georgia College doctoral student scholarship

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May 30, 2014

Kristin CorbinKristin CorbinFor many, a career in the medical field is somewhat of a higher calling. Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) student Kristin Corbin shares that feeling, which is one reason why she decided to continue her nursing education.

“I know it sounds cliché, but I originally decided on nursing because I wanted to care for others,” said Corbin. “I knew my passion was in health promotion and helping others achieve optimal health.”

Her passion has allowed her to obtain an undergraduate degree in nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing, both from Georgia College. She is now pursuing her DNP degree.

“Georgia College has played a key role in shaping me into the person I am today,” said Corbin. “Honestly, I have my nursing professors to thank. Georgia College’s nursing faculty goes the extra mile to ensure each of their students succeeds. They do not just work a 9-5 job, and I truly appreciate their dedication and availability.”

Corbin’s hard work and enthusiasm led her to be named the first Jonas Scholar for Georgia College. The award is based on a $10,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. With matching funds from the university, it sponsors the scholarship of one doctoral nursing student for the next two years.

“Kristin will serve as an excellent ambassador for our university, the nursing program and the Jonas Center,” said Director of the School of Nursing Dr. Judy Malachowski.

As a recipient of the Jonas Center grant, Georgia College is part of a national effort to address the faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America’s health care system continues to evolve.

“I am so honored to have been selected as Georgia College’s first Jonas Scholar,” said Corbin. “I look forward to advancing my scholarship in order to become an innovative leader in the field of health care. I look forward to representing Georgia College and making a difference in not only the profession of nursing, but hopefully, in the health care system.”  

Corbin joins nearly 600 future nurse educators and leaders at 110 schools supported by Jonas Center programs, the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program and Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program (JVHP). These scholarships support nurses pursuing Ph.D.s and DNP degrees, the highest degrees in the field.

Georgia College’s DNP program educates leaders in clinical and primary care as well as nursing faculty.

“The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program directly relates to one of Georgia College’s key value statements – excellence in graduate education,” said Georgia College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kelli Brown. “We are looking forward to contributing to the development of Ms. Corbin as a future nurse leader.”

The Jonas Center, the leading philanthropic funder for nursing, is working to address a critical need. In 2013, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) data noted the lowest enrollment increase in professional RN programs in the past five years. This is due primarily to a shortage in qualified faculty.

Corbin hopes her future goals will address some of those specific challenges in health care.

“My future career goal is to continue to shift our nation’s health care system from a reactive approach to a proactive approach to care,” said Corbin. “Preventative medicine is the most cost-effective form of health care. I want to get involved in legislature and health care policy to transform our health care system, increase access to care, and decrease health care disparities nationwide.”

Aside from her work, Corbin also serves on the board of directors of Honduras Outreach International (HOI), whoseCorbin examines a young boy while on a recent study abroad trip to Honduras.Corbin examines a young boy while on a recent study abroad trip to Honduras. vision is to create life-changing relationships between the people of developing countries and North Americans.

“Last October, a group of family nurse practitioner students, along with Dr. Sallie Coke and Dr. Debbie MacMillan, had the opportunity to go to Honduras for two weeks and provide medical care. Prior to departure, we filled our suitcases with medicines and medical supplies,” said Corbin. “Each day, we traveled to a different village and set up a clinic that provided care to anyone in need. Since that trip, I have been invited to serve on HOI’s medical subcommittee. Through my experience in Honduras, I discovered my second family. The people in Honduras are one-of-a-kind. They taught me life lessons I will cherish forever.”

For more information on the Georgia College School of Nursing, visit gcsu.edu/nursing.

To find out more about the Jonas Center, visit jonascenter.org.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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