June 27, 2012 -- Mount St. Mary’s College announced that for the fifth 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), which provides scholarship support to students. To date, 45 Mount nursing students have been supported by the grant funds. The new award will support an additional six students, bringing the Mount’s total scholarship support from the program to $510,000.
The Mount will receive the new funds during the 2012-13 academic year 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.
“It is quite an honor to be in a select group of schools nationwide to have received this award continually over the last five years,” said Mount President Ann McElaney-Johnson. “The foundation’s support is a testament to the top quality of our nursing students and to our nursing faculty’s commitment to excellence.”
“The scholarships support our students toward their successful completion of this rigorous program of study,” said Wendy Taylor, director of the College’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program. “We are so pleased to know our students can take advantage of these funds and excel in the Mount tradition to become superior nurses providing quality care to the communities they serve.”
“We need a well-educated, diverse nursing workforce to provide quality care for our changing patient population,” said David Krol, 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.”
Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 2,717 scholarships to students at more than 100 unique schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 55 schools of nursing.
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 disadvantaged backgrounds.
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 exam required for all RNs in as little as 12 to 18 months and provide quicker routes to workforce eligibility than traditional programs.