Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds WVU School of Nursing scholarships

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University School of Nursing has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Scholarship Program for the third year in a row. For the 2010-2011 academic year, the WVU School of Nursing received $50,000.

Through a competitive process, the program awards grants to nursing schools for scholarships to increase the number of students from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in accelerated nursing programs.

The accelerated program at the WVU School of Nursing offers the most efficient route to licensure as a registered nurse for adults who have already completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a discipline other than nursing. On the Morgantown campus, 65 students are enrolled in the 18-month B.S./B.A. to B.S.N. program.

“We are delighted that RWJF has seen the value of funding our West Virginia University students for the third consecutive year. These students are enabled, through the generosity of the foundation, to study full-time for their second career — nursing — to meet the healthcare needs of the people of West Virginia and our country,” WVU School of Nursing Dean Georgia Narsavage, Ph.D., said.

The NCIN Scholarship Program, launched by RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in 2008, aims to alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by expanding the number of students in accelerated nursing programs. According to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, diversifying the nursing profession is essential to meeting the healthcare needs of the nation and reducing health disparities that exist among many underserved populations.

Eligible students must complete a one-page essay about nursing as a second career, why they believe they’re eligible for the NCIN scholarship, and what they offer as a nurse leader.

For more information about the WVU School of Nursing, see www.hsc.wvu.edu/son.


For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
kf: 06-22-10

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