Fifty-two schools of nursing to receive funding and assistance

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced awards to 52 schools of nursing that will comprise the final cohort of RWJF’s prestigious New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). 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. NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

“New Careers in Nursing has made amazing strides in helping schools of nursing recruit and retain diverse students in these competitive and rigorous accelerated degree programs,” said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. “Through supporting these institutions, NCIN is working to increase the diversity of our nursing workforce, while also assisting schools of nursing in making their institutions more inclusive. The leadership, mentoring, and other support these institutions provide are helping to prepare a diverse nursing workforce able to meet the challenges associated with building a culture of health in our nation.”

Each NCIN Scholar has already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, and is making a transition to nursing through an accelerated nursing degree program, which prepares students to assume the role of registered nurse in as little as 12-18 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.

“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,” said AACN President Eileen Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN. “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. The NCIN program has truly raised the bar for recruitment, retention, mentoring, and leadership development for nursing students from groups underrepresented in nursing.”

Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,517 scholarships to students at 130 unique schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools of nursing.

In this seventh year of the program, the following schools were awarded grants:

Bellarmine University

Boston College

College of St. Scholastica

Columbia University

Duke University

Duquesne University

Edgewood College

Georgia Regents University

Indiana University

Lewis University

Linfield College

Marquette University

Medical University of South Carolina

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Mount Carmel Health System Foundation

Nebraska Methodist

New Jersey City University

New York University

Oregon Health & Science University

Pace University

Quinnipiac University

Rush University Medical Center

Saint Louis University

Samford University

Samuel Merritt University

Seattle 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

Yale University

The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher, and increasing the diversity of students to create a nursing workforce prepared to meet the health care demands of diverse populations across the lifespan. NCIN is helping to advance those recommendations by enabling schools to expand student capacity and by encouraging more diversity.

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. This trend is reflected in the NCIN scholars, as 91 percent of the students receiving funding in the first three years of the program indicated a desire to advance their education to the master’s and doctoral levels.

To learn more about the NCIN program, visit