Pace Universitys Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions, Manhattan, has been selected for the fourth time for a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, according to a news release.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, Lienhard will receive $50,000 for students in the accelerated BSN program who are from groups underrepresented in nursing and are pursuing second careers, according to the release. Five students entering Lienhard in September will be awarded NCIN scholarships of $10,000 each.
Pace was among the first institutions to receive funding through this RWJF program in 2008, which already has supported 25 Lienhard students, according to the release. With the five additional students this year, Pace has been awarded $300,000 in total and is one of 52 schools of nursing comprising the final cohort of the program. NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Three former NCIN awardees were recently profiled in Paces alumni e-newsletter. Larry Rebich works at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and serves on committees to improve patient care. John Ringhisen went to Bangladesh on a Fulbright scholarship to teach and research healthcare issues in the country. Ted Bailly manages a project that helps older adults record and communicate details about their health using i-Pads.
Martha Greenberg, PhD, RN, the principal investigator on the grant, said in the release, Our leadership plan is unique because of the opportunity afforded to all of the scholars to lead groups of their peers throughout the program. Each scholar is an evidence-based practice team leader beginning in the first semester and continues in this leadership role throughout their 11- month program.
The EBP teams, led by RWJF scholars, present their projects at local and national conferences, Sharon Wexler, PhD, RN, project director and an assistant professor at Pace, said in the release.
[This is] an opportunity not commonly found in an undergraduate program.
By bringing more nurses into the profession at the baccalaureate and masters degree levels, the NCIN program addresses the nations nurse faculty shortage. According to the release, 91% of students who received funding in the first three years of the program indicated a desire to advance to the masters and doctoral levels.