For the third consecutive year, Creighton University College of Nursing has been selected as a grant recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). Creighton will receive $50,000 to support students who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing second careers in the field through the Baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Program.
"At this time when the nation's need for highly educated nurses is growing, we are delighted to be able to support nursing students who will bring diverse and valuable perspectives to the field, and become capable, culturally-competent nurses," said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. "NCIN is not only helping these students succeed in school, it is helping prepare the nursing workforce to meet the challenges that lie ahead."
The grant will fund five $10,000 scholarships for students who have already earned a bachelors degree in another field and are making a career switch to nursing through Creighton's Baccalaureate Accelerated Nursing Program. Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,117 scholarships to students at 125 unique schools of nursing. This year, funding of 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools of nursing.
Vernell DeWitty, Ph.D. [pictured left], deputy director for the NCIN program, joined Creighton's scholars, faculty advisors and College of Nursing leadership, as well as their counterparts from Nebraska Methodist College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, on Friday, September 13 at the NCIN Student Leadership Conference. DeWitty offered a keynote address focused on building a career path in nursing; students were also treated to a nurse leader panel and several breakout sessions.
Creighton University College 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.