"I am learning not only about the application of the unique knowledge of this amazing group of nurse leaders to useful policy purposes, but I am learning how such a respected group of scholars navigates the teamwork and collaboration. It is an honor to be included in the Expert Panel calls and the Expert Panel's Leadership Circle calls."
-Laura Brennaman, 2014 Academy Jonas Policy Scholar
"To be chosen as the American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholar for the Cultural Competence and Health Equity Expert Panel is a great honor and a privilege! It has given me the opportunity to learn and experience first-hand how the work of the Expert Panel and the Academy inform and shape health policy. Also, it has given me the wonderful opportunity to work with nursing leaders and trailblazers!"
-Emerson Ea, 2014 Academy Jonas Policy Scholar, Inducted as a FAAN in 2018
"The knowledge and skills I gained in this program will serve me well throughout my career. Above all the most valuable aspect of this experience has been the opportunity to make connections with not only Academy Fellows but also other Jonas Policy Scholars. In many ways I feel that I found my tribe. The individuals I have met in this program have become colleagues, confidantes and friends."
-Billy Caceres, 2015 Academy Jonas Policy Scholar
"As a result of my experiences with the AAN Jonas Policy Scholar program, I feel much more comfortable taking on policy issues I encounter in my work. For example I have participated in Forensic Nursing on the Hill held by the IAFN during the past two years, participated as a speaker at a the #metooabroad Congressional Briefing, and am the IAFN Pennsylvania chapter representative on an in-progress policy statement regarding sexual assault emergency care law. I hope to be able to continue to incorporate these policy activities into my career moving forward. "
-Jocelyn Anderson, 2016 Academy Jonas Policy Scholar
"The most valuable moments and educational opportunities have been from attending the [Academy's] policy conferences. I walked away both times with a better understanding of how research is translated into policy and how policy shapes practice. I was able to network with the other Jonas Scholars (my future colleagues) as well as some of the most influential nursing leaders in the world. It is an incredible experience that has inspired me to continue my research and ensure that the future policies and implications will be informed by policy."
-Liz Stokes, 2017 Academy Jonas Policy Scholar