The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene has been awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN) for the fifth time. It is one of 52 schools of nursing that will comprise the final cohort of the program. At UH Mānoa, 15 students will be awarded NCIN scholarships.
For the 2014–2015 academic year, the School of Nursing will receive $150,000 to support traditionally underrepresented students who are making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degree program. The New Careers in Nursing Scholarship is a program of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
“New Careers in Nursing has made amazing strides in helping schools of nursing recruit and retain diverse students in these competitive and rigorous accelerated degree programs,” said David Krol, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation senior program officer. “Through supporting these institutions, NCIN is working to increase the diversity of our nursing workforce, while also assisting schools of nursing in making their institutions more inclusive.”
Each NCIN Scholar has already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, and is making a transition to nursing through an accelerated nursing degree program, which prepares students to assume the role of registered nurse in as little as 12–18 months.
In addition to a $10,000 scholarship, NCIN 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 assist scholars in learning essential study, test-taking and other skills needed to succeed in their program of study.
“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 Nursing Dean Mary G. Boland. “This award will create 15 scholarships and play a key role in ensuring our continued ability to educate a diverse, qualified nursing workforce for Hawaiʻi’s future.”
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