For a fourth time, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Nursing has been selected as a grant recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). During the 2013–2014 academic year, the School of Nursing will receive $100,000 to support students in the master’s entry program in nursing who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing second careers in the field.
Each NCIN scholar has already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, and is making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated nursing degree program, which prepares students to pass the licensure exam required for all registered nurses in as little as 12–18 months.
At UH Mānoa, 10 students will be awarded NCIN scholarships. In addition to a $10,000 scholarship, the 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 help scholars learn study, test-taking, and other skills that will help them manage the challenges of an accelerated program.
“We are honored that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has elected to once again recognize our master’s entry program in nursing with this important award,” said UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple. “These scholarships play a key role in ensuring a diverse, qualified nursing workforce for Hawaiʻi’s future and we are most grateful.”
“This award highlights the growing national recognition for UH Mānoa Nursing,” said School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene Dean Mary G. Boland. “We appreciate the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation support that decreases the financial burden for Hawaiʻi adult students returning to school to pursue a nursing career. We need a well-educated, culturally connected nursing workforce to provide quality care throughout the state. Many of our MEPN graduates complete the pre-licensure study year at Mānoa and then return to Maui and Kauaʻi to complete their specialty education through our online course work on their home island. Scholarships are critical to supporting attendance and creating a cadre of master’s prepared nurses.”
NCIN is a program of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Read the UH Foundation news release for more.