Winston-Salem State University Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Grant for Second Consecutive Year

Dr. Cecil Holland

Dr. Cecil Holland

Dr. Lenora Campbell

Dr. Lenora Campbell

June 30, 2011
    Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has been selected to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grant to attract diverse nurses into the profession for second the consecutive year.
    The $90,000 RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN) award will fund $10,000 scholarships for nine students entering WSSU’s accelerated nursing program in the School of Health Sciences’ Department of Nursing for the 2011-2012 academic year.  WSSU’s Accelerated Nursing Program allows students with bachelor's degrees in majors other than nursing to obtain a BSN.
  As a result of past funding, WSSU has been able to increase the enrollment of students in its accelerated program. “This funding will significantly impact the number of underrepresented and/or disadvantaged nurses entering the workforce,” says Dr. Cecil Holland, WSSU assistant dean and principal investigators of the RWJF grant.  “Students receiving the scholarship will be engaged in activities that will ensure academic success as they matriculate in the accelerated option.  RWJF scholars will participate in a Pre-Entry Immersion Program (PIP) designed to improve student retention through strategies that enhance critical thinking, time management, study skills, and mentoring and leadership development.”
“We are pleased to have the support of RWJ for the second year,” says Dr. Lenora Campbell, WSSU associate dean of nursing.  “Accelerated students demonstrated their ability for success in non-nursing fields and have turned their attention to being successful in nursing.  The RWJ scholarship award supports them in the accelerated program at WSSU and positions them to pursue leadership roles in nursing.  Increasing the diversity in nursing leadership is critical to addressing the healthcare needs of patients from every sector of life.”
    The NCIN Scholarship Program was launched in 2008 by the RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to address the national nursing shortage, develop a diverse professional nursing workforce, and fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty and leaders.

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