Support for Second Career Nurses
New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) recently announced the 52 schools of nursing that have been selected to participate in the prestigious scholarship program during the 2013-2014 academic year. The funds will support 400 scholarships for traditionally underrepresented students who are making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degree nursing program. NCIN scholars are “exactly what we hope the future of the nursing workforce will look like: capable, culturally-competent nurses who bring diverse and valuable perspectives to the field, and are prepared to meet the challenges of a changing health care system and patient population,” NCIN Deputy Program Director Vernell DeWitty, PhD, RN, wrote on the RWJF Human Capital Blog.
Nursing on the RWJF Human Capital Blog
Antiquated laws that prevent highly educated nurses from doing what they are trained to do can have a negative impact on patient care, RWJF Senior Adviser for Nursing Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, writes on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. “Nobody gains when that happens ... We need bold solutions and real consensus, not tired turf battles. Let’s all agree that nurse practitioners are a vital part of the solution as we search for ways to expand access to primary and preventive care in this country.” Read more about nursing education and training in a post by Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Mary Burman, PhD, FAANP, who writes about academic progression—“Wyoming style.”
Several nurses have recently shared personal experiences on the blog: RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Cindy Anderson discusses her changing definition of diversity, NCIN alumna Olivia Jackson reflects on volunteering after Hurricane Sandy, and Project L/EARN alumna Imani Baker writes about the “life changing” experience that spurred her pursuit of an advanced degree.
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