Have you heard about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship program? In collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), it aims to:
- Help alleviate the national nursing shortage
- Increase the diversity of nursing professionals
- Expand capacity in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs
- Enhance the pipeline of potential nurse faculty
The program offers grants to nursing schools to award individual $10,000 scholarships to more than 1,000 college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master's nursing programs. Schools can apply for up to 30 scholarships per year to benefit underrepresented and disadvantaged nursing students.
NCIN's mission is to change the face of nursing by nurturing a culturally diverse workforce to provide quality patient care. According to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, a diverse nursing profession is a key to meeting the needs of often underserved populations.
Since launching in 2008, NCIN has supported 84 accelerated nursing programs. By the end of the second funding cycle, it will distribute $14.06 million in scholarship funding to 1,406 entry-level nursing students. Read about some recent success stories: