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 originally from Agoura Hills, Calif. I attended California State University, Chico, and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in 2006. After five years of working various jobs, I felt unfulfilled. Advice from family and close friends coupled with my background in health sciences influenced my decision to pursue a new career in nursing. The seven months I spent volunteering as a clinical care extender for COPE Health Solutions at St. Francis Medical Center was the deciding factor for me to pursue nursing. It gave me the chance to see the positive impact I could make on patients on a daily basis.
Some of my other interests and hobbies include running, hiking and lifting weights. I am also an avid sports fan. It is an honor to be awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholarship and I am grateful for it, as it will allow me to practice my leadership skills as well as open up more opportunities to further my nursing education.