Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly, Ph. D. (candidate), C. R. N. P., R. N. C., assistant professor of nursing at Misericordia University, has been selected by the National League of Nursing as a Jonas Scholar for the 2016-17 academic year.
The National League of Nursing Jonas Scholars Program was established in 2010 by the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence to advance the science of nursing education through evidence-based research.
The program provides financial support to select Ph. D. candidates as they work to complete their doctoral dissertations.
Professor Donnelly and six other recipients were acknowledged by National League of Nursing executive leaders and Jonas family members during a luncheon at the National League of Nursing 2016 Education Beyond Boundaries Summit that was held in Orlando, Florida, in September. Professor Donnelly is working toward her doctorate degree at Widener University, Chester.
At the summit, cohort members presented their dissertation research proposals in nursing education. Professor Donnelly’s dissertation, “Emotional Engagement: The Relationships Among Autonomy, Competence, Relatedness, and Emotional Engagement in the Online Learning Environment,’’ focuses on emotional engagement in the online learning environment.
Professor Donnelly and her husband, Joseph, live in Wapwallopen. The couple has three children.