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Nursing scholarships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation continue to support students in the College's demanding one-year accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program.

Mount Announces Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholarships

Feb. 22, 2012 -- Two more students in the Mount's accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program have been selected as grant recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholarship program(NCIN).

The new recipients are Andre Viripaeff '12 of Culver City, Calif., and Nidia Garcia '12 of Carson, Calif. Both are scheduled to graduate from the demanding year-long program in August. Three more recipients will be announced from the student cohort starting the program this May.

During 2011-12, the Mount has received $50,000 to support students in the school’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program. 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 nursing faculty and leaders.

“Through the NCIN program, we are challenging nursing schools across the country to expand nurse leadership and strengthen education, two clear goals of the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, ‘The Future of Nursing,’” says Denise A. Davis, program officer for NCIN. “By diversifying the nursing profession through these scholarships, we are also helping to create a health care workforce ready to meet the needs of the 21st century American patient.”

At the Mount, scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to students. To date, the NCIN program has supported 45 Mount students, and continues to develop culturally-competent health professionals and future leaders of the profession.

“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funding enables us to address the shortage of bachelor’s degree-holding nurses,” said Sarah Shealy, director of the accelerated BSN program at MSMU. “The scholarships allow 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 NCIN program addresses a number of the challenges confronting nursing 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 examine required for all RNs in as little as 12 to 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 Mount's accelerated nursing program, click here.

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