NCIN Announces Support for 400 New Nurses

Jun 26, 2013, 9:00 AM, Posted by Vernell Dewitty

Vernell DeWitty, PhD, RN, is deputy program director for New Careers in Nursing, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Luis Sanchez has come a long way in life from his humble beginnings as the son of Mexican migrants. He was recently named New York University’s  (NYU) Distinguished Accelerated Nursing Student for the Class of 2013 and will soon be published in a respected nursing journal. Sanchez has been accepted into NYU’s adult primary care nurse practitioner dual-degree program, and plans to work in an acute care setting before returning to school to complete his master’s degree.

He is just one of more than 3,000 nursing students who have been supported by New Careers in Nursing (NCIN), and a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Luis and his peers 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.

Last week, NCIN was pleased to announce a new round of funding to help more students like Luis. During the 2013-2014 academic year, NCIN will support 52 schools of nursing in providing 400 scholarships to second career nurses enrolled in accelerated degree programs, from groups underrepresented in the profession.

In addition to a scholarship, NCIN scholars receive other support to help them meet the demands of an accelerated degree program. All NCIN grantee schools maintain a leadership program and a mentoring program for their scholars, as well as a pre-entry immersion program to help scholars learn study, test-taking, and other skills that will help them manage the challenges of an accelerated program.

We are proud to continue our support of these students, and can’t wait to discover our newest cohort’s success stories.

Learn more about the schools that received funding this year.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.