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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards $160,000 to MSMU Nursing Students

Aug. 19, 2009 -- The nation's largest philanthropy dedicated to improving the health and health care of Americans has awarded Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles (MSMU) $160,000 in scholarships to support students in the College's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (ABSN). This is the second consecutive year that MSMU has received funds through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. The program was launched in 2008 to address the national nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals.
The Foundation (RWJF), in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), announced Aug. 3 that 52 schools of nursing will receive the funding. The program aims to strengthen the nation's pipeline of new nurses by providing financial aid to students who enroll in fast-track nursing degree programs. In this round of awards, scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to 700 nursing students nationwide entering accelerated programs during the 2009-2010 academic year.

"This scholarship program aims to safeguard the health of the nation by helping to ease the nurse and nurse faculty shortage," says RWJF Senior Adviser for Nursing Susan B. Hassmiller. "Nurses are critical to delivering health care that is effective, patient-centered, timely efficient and equitable. This important initiative will also advance the Foundation's strategic goal of promoting a health professional workforce that reflects the diversity of the American public."

At the Mount, the funds will expand the accelerated program on the downtown Doheny Campus by 16 students. The accelerated nursing program at Mount Saint Mary’s University offers bachelor degrees in nursing to students who already hold four-year degrees in other disciplines.ABSN students complete three semesters of study. After the final semester, graduates are eligible to take the Registered Nurse licensure examination and to qualify for the California Public Health Nursing Certificate.

"The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant enables us to address the nursing workforce shortage in California by helping our accelerated BSN students meet their financial commitments," says Rosanne Curtis, dean of the Nursing Department at MSMU. "The grant also allows our students to focus on what is most important: their studies. We are so pleased to know our students can take advantage of these funds and excel in the Mount tradition to become superior nurses in our communities."

"The scholarship funds will help more graduates realize careers in diverse health-care institutions throughout Southern California," adds MSMU President Jacqueline Powers Doud. "The College is committed to preparing nurses who have both the skills and the compassion to be exceptional professionals."



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