Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located. In response to the nursing shortage, this grant provides support for the expansion of the Middlesex County College (MCC)/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Joint Nursing Program. An evening and weekend program in nursing will allow the program to increase enrollment to 60 students, from the current class size of 40. This joint program has the highest nursing board pass rate among New Jersey's 33 nursing schools. After gaining their Associate Degrees, a great majority of graduates go directly into practice. While the expansion of the program seems modest, it is a welcome prospect for area hospitals--all of which report serious and persistent nurse vacancy rates. The R.N. training program at MCC is conducted jointly with the UMDNJ College of Nursing. This assures the presence of superior clinical teaching.
Amount Awarded $425,989.00
Awarded on: 3/26/2002
Time frame: 4/1/2002 - 4/30/2006
Grant Number: 43149