|College of Nursing students at the entry into the profession pinning ceremony
In May, Rush University College of Nursing was awarded a $120,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) toward scholarships for pre-licensure Generalist Entry Master's Program (GEM) students. The New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarship program has selected Rush University College of Nursing for this grant five times in the six years since RWJF introduced the program.
“Rush University’s commitment to and success in educating capable, culturally competent nurses is just one reason that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation continues to support the College of Nursing through New Careers in Nursing,” said David M. Krol, senior program officer at RWJF. “Now in its fifth funding cycle, Rush University College of Nursing has demonstrably increased the diversity of both faculty and the student body and has developed an exceptional mentoring program, which has helped the school graduate 26 NCIN scholars who are already proving to be nurse leaders.”
A collaboration between RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, NCIN was designed to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, RN, the grant director at Rush and the College of Nursing’s associate dean for admissions and recruitment, believes that the scholarships “will make a significant impact in reducing student debt, while increasing the opportunity for diverse or disadvantaged students to receive a graduate education in nursing.”
Through her NCIN grant, said GEM student Chanel Acee, “I am closer to pursuing my dream of becoming a nurse. Not only has the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation helped with funding my nursing studies, the scholarship also has opened many doors to community service and other opportunities at Rush University.”