A $100,000 grant will help 10 students in New York pursue their dream of becoming nurses. The New York University College of Nursing announced that for the fifth time, it has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the grant will provide $10,000 scholarships to each of 10 students in NYUCNs accelerated BSN program who are pursuing nursing as a second career and are from populations traditionally underrepresented in nursing.
The NCIN scholarship program was launched in 2008 by RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to expand enrollment in accelerated degree programs in schools of nursing while increasing diversity in the nursing workforce, according to a news release. To date, NUYCN has been awarded $450,000 in scholarships for 45 students.
The NCIN scholarships provide opportunities for students from underrepresented groups in nursing to develop leadership skills through programs that are offered to them as well as opportunities to work with a mentor while they are in bachelors program, Ann Marie P. Mauro, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, clinical associate professor, and NCIN project director and program liaison at NYUCN, said in the release. The NCIN scholarship program not only increases the number of nurses from these underrepresented groups, but it also helps meet the nursing shortage more rapidly, encouraging graduates to continue their nursing education and hopefully to become nurse faculty educators in the future.
This years cohort of NYU NCIN scholars include Sharay T. Chambers, Brittany E. Dennis, Jessica Gonzalez, Maninder Kaur and Brandice J. Murphy.
Each NCIN Scholar has a bachelors degree in another field and is transitioning to nursing through an accelerated nursing degree program. Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,517 scholarships to students at 130 schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools.
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 program of study.
Nursing and nursing education are at a critical juncture right now, and NCINs exemplary approach to supporting nursing schools is helping to strengthen both, AACN President Eileen Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN, said in the release. NCINs creative, innovative and responsive approach to providing grantees with tools to ensure academic success will result in lasting changes at nursing schools nationwide.
The 2010 Institute of Medicine 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 healthcare 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.
For more information about the NCIN program: www.NewCareersInNursing.org