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 am from Los Angeles and received my Bachelor of Arts in biology from California State University, Northridge. I previously participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Minority Medical Education Program, and continued my education at California State University, Northridge, where I earned a master's in Public Health. During an AIDS mission to Ghana with the Student National Medical Association I utilized skills obtained from public health coursework. And I interned with Los Angeles County’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Programs. While working toward my master’s degree, I worked as a ward clerk in Labor & Delivery, and that spiked my interest in nursing.
When I'm not working or studying, I enjoy scrapbooking or just about anything that involves being creative — such as arts and crafts. I have a passion for helping others to realize and pursue their dreams, especially when they may not be in a position to help themselves. I'm grateful to receive this award because otherwise I would not have been able to continue in this accelerated program at Mount St. Mary's College. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided me with the opportunity to make my dream of providing healthcare become a reality.