The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship program aims to help alleviate the nursing shortage and to increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Mount St. Mary's College has been selected as a grant recipient of the program for five consecutive years (2008-2012).
By the end of the 2012-13 school year, 51 Mount nursing students will have been supported by more than $500,000 in NCIN grants. The Mount is applying current NCIN funding to support students in the College's Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To learn more, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.
Below are bios of recent Mount students who have been named Robert Wood Johnson Scholars, and who have received scholarship support thanks to the New Careers in Nursing program.
I received my Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of California, Riverside. I initially took interest in nursing after taking a first-aid course. The material had so much depth and complexity that I could see myself studying and applying the skills and knowledge for a long time — enough to make a career out of it. I began volunteering to see what nursing was like. I spent time in a variety of departments, ranging from intensive care units to a joint replacement center, and I found the work to be rewarding.
Outside of school and work, I enjoy spending my time exploring. I've gone hiking, surfing and rock climbing, and I also enjoy seeing the sights, whether it's in the city or elsewhere. Nursing school has been an excellent experience, and I’d like to thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for providing such wonderful opportunities to us. I look forward to many fruitful years as a nurse.