Hope College Professor Vicki Voskuil, Curriculum and Practicum Director and Assistant Professor  of Nursing, has been awarded a PhD Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence in New York, N.Y.

In 2006, the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund established the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, a groundbreaking program that deploys philanthropy to advance the nursing profession through grants and programs. The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program was created in 2008 to support educational development of new nursing faculty  The grants, made through institutional awards, also prepare doctoral candidates to help students address the needs of future patients.

Professor Voskuil, a member of the Hope faculty since 2004, will be joining an elite group of nearly 600 scholars across the country.

Professor Voskuil's specializations are pediatric nursing and pediatric primary care, and she joined the college's faculty with 15 years of experience as a pediatric nurse or nurse practitioner.  Immediately prior to coming to Hope, she was a pediatric nurse practitioner at the N.E.W. Community Clinic in Green Bay, Wis.  She had also been a pediatric nurse practitioner with Pediatric Associates in San Jose, Calif., and University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor; and a pediatric staff nurse with C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor.

In 2008 the Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. presented Professor Voskuil with its "Excellence in Nursing Education Award."

In addition to Sigma Theta Tau, she is a member of professional associations including the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), the NAPNAP Child Care Special Interest Group, and the Michigan Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.

Voskuil graduated from Calvin College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through what was then a program offered jointly by Hope and Calvin colleges, and completed her Master of Science through the Parent-Child Nursing Program of the University of Michigan in 1994.