The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation began its New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) grant program in 2008, with twin goals of alleviating the national nursing shortage and increasing the diversity of nursing professionals.
This fall, Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles earned its six consecutive grant from the NCIN program. Of 52 current NCIN grantees, the Mount is one of only eight schools that have been continuously awarded a grant each of the past six years.
“This honor means a great deal to us because these grants mean so much to the students and communities we serve,” says Sarah Shealy, assistant professor of nursing at the Mount. “In addition to the $10,000 scholarships awarded directly to each student selected, we also receive support for mentorship opportunities and leadership development.”
By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, 57 Mount St. Mary’s nursing students will have been supported by more than $570,000 in NCIN grants, not including funding that has gone to train alum mentors and to create mentorship opportunities. The grants support the College’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, an innovative approach to nursing education and the first such accelerated nursing program in California.
NCIN scholarship grants are eligible to students who come from underrepresented groups in the field of nursing, particularly women of color and men. According to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, diversifying the nursing profession is essential to meeting national health care needs and reducing health disparities that exist among many underserved populations.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s NCIN scholarship program is a national program in partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable and timely change. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
To learn more about Mount St. Mary’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholars, visit the College’s NICN page.