Nursing and Workforce
Clint Jones Nursing Award
In 2002 the Foundation for Healthy Communities launched the three-year NH Nursing Workforce Partnership bringing practicing nurses and nurse education leaders together to distribute $2 million dollars in forgivable loans to hundreds of aspiring nurses in college and to practicing nurses who received specialty training or advanced degrees.
Clint Jones was the man who managed this partnership at the Foundation and he brought strong professional management skills and an extraordinary level of enthusiasm and creativity to this task. The Partnership plan had been to engage 800 nurses statewide in this program but with Clint’s energy more than 2,000 nurses were engaged in training and education. Unfortunately, Clint was diagnosed with cancer while part-way into the project but his commitment to his work did not waiver, in fact, it bolstered his belief in the power of nurses to help patients heal and be cared for. Clint died in 2006 and before he did the Foundation spoke with him about creating something to recognize his work. Clint wanted us to do something that would encourage people new in the nursing profession. This award was created in his memory. It recognizes an RN in New Hampshire who has been in practice at least 1 year but no more than 6 years and who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to high-quality patient care and to the nursing profession.