NMC Awarded Scholarships Through RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program

  • Date: June 27, 2012
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

Susan Ward, PhD - Program Director for Accelerated BSN program Dr. Susan Ward, Accelerated BSN Program Director

Nebraska Methodist College announced today that for the third year in a row, it has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN).

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Nebraska Methodist College will receive $50,000 to support students in the school's baccalaureate program who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing. The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to address the national nursing shortage, develop a diverse professional nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders.

"We need a well-educated, diverse nursing workforce to provide quality care for our changing patient population," said David Krol, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., program officer for NCIN, RWJF senior program officer and team director of the RWJF Human Capital portfolio. "NCIN is strengthening nursing education and helping to fill the pipeline with capable, culturally competent nurses."

At Nebraska Methodist College, five scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to students entering the accelerated nursing program during the 2012-2013 academic year. Since 2008, the NCIN program has awarded 2,717 scholarships at more than 100 unique schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 55 schools of nursing.

"NCIN grant monies for the Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) accelerated baccalaureate nursing program (ACE) benefits our students as well as the nursing profession," said Linda Hughes, Ph.D., Dean of Nursing. "With the cost of getting a college education being just one challenge, these scholarships allow us to offer significantly more educational and financial support to a more diverse and underrepresented group of students. Our graduates are actively recruited by employers and more than 60 percent graduate with the intent to pursue higher degrees in nursing. These scholarships allow NMC to meet its mission of contributing to the health and well-being of the community, while addressing the need to diversify and prepare a highly educated nursing workforce."

The NCIN program was created to enable schools of nursing to expand student capacity in accelerated baccalaureate and master's programs, and build a more diverse workforce ready to serve the needs of a changing patient population. Schools receiving grants through NCIN provide scholarships directly to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The NCIN program addresses a number of the challenges confronting nursing, including education, professional development, and the national workforce shortage. 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 programs prepare students to pass the licensure exam required for all RNs in as little as 12-18 months and provide quicker routes to workforce eligibility than 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 four times more likely than other nurses to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. 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 NMC accelerated program, visit www.methodistcollege.edu/accelerated-nursing.

To learn more about the NCIN program, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.

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