Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Career in Nursing Program Awards $100K to MNU School of Nursing: Fifth Consecutive Year of Funding

July 16, 2013
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For the fifth year in a row MidAmerica Nazarene University School of Nursing and Health Science has been selected as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). MNU received $100,000 to support scholarships for students in the accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program who are considered underrepresented in the field of nursing.

The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to address the national nursing shortage, develop a diverse professional nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders.

A committee will determine how MNU will disperse the scholarships in the 2013-2014 academic year. MNU has awarded scholarships to 35 students in the past four years through NCIN funding to develop culturally competent health professionals and future leaders of the profession.

According to Dr. Deborah Highfill, associate dean of Prelicensure Nursing Education and NCIN coordinator, the grant has had a positive impact on MNU’s programming in addition to the financial support provided to individual students.

“With the support and tools provided by RWJF, we have developed a two-day pre-immersion program that orients students in order to help them prepare for the many different aspects of their intense year of study, as well as assist them with best-practice study habits,” Highfill said.

The MNU School of Nursing and Health Science joins 52 other schools of nursing, including Duke, Yale and Marquette, receiving this year’s funding. Additionally, the university’s ABSN program is one of only six to have received five consecutive rounds of funding for the NCIN Scholarship Program.