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:
Azusa Pacific University
College of Mount St. Joseph
College of St. Scholastica
Farleigh Dickinson University
Georgia Health Sciences University
Indiana Wesleyan University
Kent State University
Loyola University Chicago
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
Saint Louis 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.
For more information about the NCIN program, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.