The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded grants to 52 schools of nursing that have been selected to participate in the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program.
During the 2013-14 academic year, the schools will receive grants to support traditionally underrepresented students who make a career switch to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or masters degree nursing program. New Careers in Nursing is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
At this time when the nations need for highly educated nurses is growing, we are delighted to be able to support nursing students who will bring diverse and valuable perspectives to the field, and become capable, culturally-competent nurses, David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, senior program officer for RWJF, said in a news release. NCIN is not only helping these students succeed in school, it is helping prepare the nursing workforce to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
Each NCIN scholar has earned a bachelors degree in another field and is making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated nursing degree program, which prepares students to pass the NCLEX-RN in as few as 12 to 18 months.
In addition to a $10,000 scholarship, NCIN scholars receive other support to help them meet the demands of an accelerated degree program. All NCIN grantee schools maintain a leadership program and a mentoring program for their scholars and a pre-entry immersion program to help scholars learn study, test-taking and other skills to manage the challenges of an accelerated program.
NCIN is strengthening nursing education and creating a culture of change at schools of nursing across the country, AACN President Jane Kirschling, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in the news release. Our grantee schools are committed to enrolling students traditionally underrepresented in nursing, and students are benefiting from the emphasis on mentoring and leadership development that are hallmarks of the NCIN program.
Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,117 scholarships to students at more than 125 schools of nursing. This year, the sixth for the program, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools of nursing.
The following schools received grants:
College of St. Scholastica
Columbia University in the City of New York
Florida Atlantic University
Georgia Health Sciences University
Medical University of South Carolina
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Mount St. Marys College
Nebraska Methodist College
New York University
Norfolk State University
Oregon Health & Science University
Rush University Medical Center
Saint Louis University
Samuel Merritt University
Seton Hall University
Southern Connecticut State University
Stony Brook University
The Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY Downstate)
University of California, San Francisco
University of Central Florida
University of Delaware
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Louisville
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan Flint
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Missouri
University of Rochester
University of Tennessee (Knoxville)
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Wyoming
Valdosta State University
West Virginia University
Winston-Salem State University