Nursing student Jasmine Thomas receives $15K fellowship
Jasmine Thomas, a second-year graduate student at Georgia Southern University, has received $15,000 from the National Advisory Committee of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Minority Fellowship Program.
Thomas, who is pursuing her master’s degree in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track of the Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program, plans to use the stipend toward living expenses.
“This money will impact me by alleviating the strain of my school-work-life balance,” stated the Atlanta, Georgia, native. “It will provide me the opportunity to free up time to focus more on my studies.”
Additionally, Thomas is participating in the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program. The BHWET program aims to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce and will increase the number of providers prepared to deliver team-based psychiatric and mental health services to rural and medically underserved populations in South Georgia.
After completing her master’s degree, Thomas plans to obtain employment as a PMHNP to gain experience before returning to school to earn a doctoral degree.
To be eligible for the fellowship, individuals must be enrolled full time in an accredited psychiatric mental health nursing program with a focus on mental health or substance use disorders, prevention or treatment and be an active member of the American Nurses Association. Additionally, during the fellowship, Thomas will be required to attend a series of mandatory education activities and is encouraged to participate in and contribute to ethnic minority organizations of her choice.
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