RWJF and AACN Award $4 Million in New NCIN Scholarship Funding

52 Schools Receive Scholarships to Support Accelerated Degree Nursing Students

Appeared in: American Association of Colleges of Nursing

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 12, 2011 - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) today announced that 52 schools of nursing across the U.S. have received funding through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). NCIN was launched in 2008 to address the national nursing shortage, develop a demographically representative nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders.

"Through the NCIN program, we are challenging nursing schools across the country to expand nurse leadership and strengthen education, two clear goals of the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM)  report on The Future of Nursing," said Denise A. Davis, DrPH, RWJF program officer for NCIN.  "By diversifying the nursing profession through these scholarships, we are also helping to create a healthcare workforce ready to meet the needs of the 21st century American patient."

"AACN applauds the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their continued commitment to providing much needed scholarship support, mentoring, and leadership development to students enrolled in accelerated nursing programs," said AACN President Kathleen Potempa, PhD, RN, FAAN. "By focusing on students entering the profession at the baccalaureate and master's levels, the NCIN program is effectively working to raise the education level of the new nurses, which is in the best interest of the patients we serve."

The NCIN program was created through RWJF and AACN to enable schools of nursing to expand student capacity in accelerated baccalaureate and master's programs while building a more diverse workforce ready to serve the needs of a changing patient population. Schools receiving funding through NCIN provide scholarships directly to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds. These grants signify a program investment of more than $23 million in nursing development and scholarship.

In this fourth year of awards, NCIN will provide scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to 400 students entering accelerated nursing programs during the 2011-2012 academic year. To date, the NCIN program has distributed 2,317 scholarships at 109 schools of nursing.

This year, 320 students in accelerated baccalaureate programs and 80 students in accelerated master's programs will receive scholarship funding. Many programs that receive awards have used the NCIN funding to help leverage resources to add new faculty, secure matching funding from state programs, develop mentoring and leadership development programs, strengthen outreach activities, and establish new partnerships with community and practice leaders. These efforts will enable schools to sustain their program expansion while positioning them for future growth.

The following nursing schools receiving NCIN grants this year:

Allen College

Azusa Pacific University

Bellarmine University

Boston College

College of Mount St. Joseph

College of St. Scholastica

Creighton University

DePaul University

Duke University

Edgewood College

Farleigh Dickinson University

Georgia Health Sciences University

Hampton University

Indiana Wesleyan University

Kent State University

Linfield College

Loyola University Chicago

Marquette University

Medical University of South Carolina

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Mount St. Mary's College

Nebraska Methodist College

New Mexico State University

New York University

Pennsylvania State University

Rush University

Saint Louis University

Salisbury University

Samuel Merritt University

Southern Connecticut State University

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Stony Brook University

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Thomas Jefferson University

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Delaware

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Hawaii, Manoa

University of Miami

University of Mississippi Medical Center

University of Missouri

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rochester

University of South Alabama

University of South Florida

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Wyoming

West Virginia University

Winston-Salem State University

Accelerated programs like the ones supported by NCIN provide scholars with the most efficient route to licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and create opportunities for adults who have already completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a field other than nursing. These intense programs prepare students to pass the licensure examination required for all RNs in as little as 12 to 18 months and enter the nursing workforce more quickly than graduates of traditional programs.

By bringing more nurses into the profession at the baccalaureate and master's degree levels, the NCIN program also helps to address the nation's nurse faculty shortage. Data from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration show that nurses entering the profession via baccalaureate programs are almost four times more likely than other nurses to pursue a graduate degree in nursing, a prerequisite for teaching. This trend is reflected in the NCIN scholars, as 91 percent of the students receiving funding in the first three years of the program indicate a desire to advance their education to the master's and doctoral levels. 

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