Current Jonas Nurse Scholar Recipients

Susan Shenkosky, MS, CRNA, RN

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Ms. Shenkosky graduated from Madonna University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As an RN she spent 6 years working in the emergency department and cardiothoracic intensive care unit where she obtained certifications in ACLS, BLS, PALS, TNCC, ENPC and CCRN. Ms. Shenkosky then received her Masters of Science in Anesthesiology from the University of Southern California and became a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

While working as a faculty CRNA she provides clinical instruction to student registered nurse anesthetists and other health care professionals. She is a member of CANA and AANA and serves on several committees within her department focusing on education, process improvements and staff recognition and morale.

Ms. Shenkosky is a first year Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student of the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium Program (California State University, Fullerton, Los Angeles and Long Beach). Her capstone project will focus on improving the peri-operative patient hand-off process. After which she plans to use her DNP education to take on a greater role as an educator in both the didactic and clinical setting as well as continue developing process improvement projects to advance patient care.


Cherry Arimas-Macalino, MSN, RN

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Ms. Macalino received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Biola University. She acquired her Master of Science in Nursing and her school nurse credential from California State University, Fullerton. She has extensive experience in community health, which included overseeing multiple programs as an Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing. Her passion is preventive care and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations. Her clinical background includes working with the Athabascan Indians, patients with HIV/AIDS, foster care children, drug-endangered children, school-age students, and on a medical surgical unit.

She currently serves as the Vice President and Program Committee Chair of Upsilon Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She is a panel member of a Student Attendance Review Board. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Ms. Macalino is a first year Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student of the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium Program (California State University, Fullerton, Los Angeles and Long Beach). Her research focus will be to identify the correlation between chronic absenteeism in school-aged children, and educational and health outcomes.


Sha’Rhonda Donald, MSN, RN

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Ms. Donald received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles and her Master of Science in Nursing from California State University, Fullerton. She also holds a Certification in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing.

She served in leadership roles such as House Supervisor, Unit Manager, and Assistant Director of Nursing during her employment at BHC Alhambra Hospital (Psychiatric facility). She is currently employed at the VA in West LA as an RN Care Manager in Primary Care. As a first generation college student, Ms. Donald indicates that she is grateful to her family to have been raised to value education and pursue her goals and she is grateful to the Jonas Foundation for their financial support of her DNP.

Ms. Donald is a first year Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student of the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium Program (California State University, Fullerton, Los Angeles and Long Beach). Her research focus will be examining the sensitivity and specificity of the current screening tool used to identify those potentially at risk for Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and investigate if those who screen positive are properly referred and resources that are available. The goal is to promote early detection of PTSD and expedite treatment, thereby enhancing the quality of life in this population.