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Creighton Nursing Program one of 52 to Get RWJF Grant

Creighton University School of Nursing has been awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program.

Creighton will receive $80,000 to support students traditionally underrepresented in the school’s Baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Program, a track specifically designed for students already holding college degrees in other fields. Eight, $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to students entering the 12-month-long accelerated program between August 2011 and July 2012.

The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to address a national nursing shortage, develop a diverse professional nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders.

Creighton University School of Nursing has graduated accelerated nursing students from across the nation since 1975. These students have consistently scored higher than the national average on the National Council Licensure examination for registered nurses. Many have furthered their nursing education to become nurse educators, administrators and advanced-practice nurses.

Creighton was one of 52 schools nationwide to receive NCIN grants for the 2011-12 academic year. For more information about Creighton’s program, contact amycosimano@creighton.edu. To learn more about the NCIN program, visit www.newcareersinnursing.org.