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Pace University receives support from RWJF New Careers in Nursing

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Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions, which has campuses in White Plains, N.Y., and Manhattan, has been selected for the third time as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholarship program.
The Lienhard School of Nursing received $50,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year to support students in the accelerated BSN program who are from underrepresented groups in nursing and are pursuing second careers, according to a news release. Five students entering Lienhard’s accelerated degree program in January will be awarded NCIN scholarships at $10,000 each.
NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Pace University was among the first institutions to receive funding through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing scholarship program in 2008; the program already has supported 20 Lienhard students. With the five additional students this year, Pace will have received a total of $250,000 through the NCIN scholarship program.
Since 1984, Pace has offered this accelerated curriculum for college graduates who are not nurses to study and earn a first professional nursing degree. Students who graduate in as little as 12 months are eligible to take the RN licensure exam.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to help ensure the nursing field has a diverse population of culturally competent practitioners,” Harriet Feldman, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the Lienhard School of Nursing and of Pace’s College of Health Professions, said in the release. “Our NCIN scholars go on to do great things.”
Ted Bailly, RN, BSN, a NCIN scholar, recently won best poster at the National Gerontological Nursing Association conference for “Student Perceptions of Older Adults: Outcomes of an Aging Sensitivity Program, A Qualitative Inquiry.” Bailly is a graduate of the BSN portion of Pace’s accelerated program and is a family nurse practitioner student. •