The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded grants to 52 schools of nursing as part of the foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, according to a news release. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the schools will receive grants to support traditionally underrepresented students who are making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degree program.
“Nursing and nursing education are at a critical juncture right now, and NCIN’s exemplary approach to supporting nursing schools is helping to strengthen both,” American Association of Colleges of Nursing President Eileen Breslin, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in a news release. “NCIN’s creative, innovative and responsive approach to providing grantees with tools to ensure academic success will result in lasting changes at nursing schools nationwide. ”
NCIN scholars hold bachelor’s degrees in other fields and transition to nursing through an accelerated nursing degree program. Students are educated to become RNs in as little 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, as well as a pre-entry immersion program to assist scholars in learning essential study, test-taking and other skills needed to succeed in their programs of study.
The schools awarded grants include:
College of St. Scholastica
Georgia Regents University
Medical University of South Carolina
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Mount Carmel Health System Foundation
New Jersey City University
New York University
Oregon Health & Science University
Rush University Medical Center
Saint Louis University
Samuel Merritt University
Seton Hall University
Southern Connecticut State University
Stony Brook Foundation
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
The University of Texas at El Paso
Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Jefferson University
University of Cincinnati
University of Delaware
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan, Flint
University of Minnesota
University of Mississippi Medical Center
University of Missouri, Kansas City
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of San Diego
University of South Alabama
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Valdosta State University
Winston-Salem State University
Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,517 scholarships to students at 130 schools of nursing, according to the release. NCIN is a national program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
To learn about the NCIN program, visit www.NewCareersInNursing.org.