JSN Receives New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program Grant
Jefferson School of Nursing (JSN) has been awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program grant. The $80,000 grant, which starts in September 2010, will be used for eight $10,000 student scholarships.
RWJF offers these funds to offset expenses for students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degree nursing programs. JSN will offer the scholarship to students in the FACT program, a 12-month BSN program. While overall FACT enrollment has increased by 80% in the past eight years, only 21% of the students are from minority backgrounds.
Scholarship recipients will receive leadership development opportunities in addition to the funds. “We look at this program as workforce development,” says project director Elizabeth Speakman, EdD, RN, CDE, ANEF, associate professor and assistant dean of RN to BSN programs. “Mentoring is a big part of it. We believe that a relationship that nurtures and affirms a student’s ability provides the building blocks for the development of future nurse leaders.” Each scholar is matched with an advanced practice nurse to assist with the program and to build an ongoing relationship. Scholars receive other services including language skills, career services and additional academic support.
JSN also received a RWJF Careers in Nursing grant in 2008, the first year the program was offered. All of the 20 scholars in that round of funding passed the NCLEX and 65% of them have continued into the MSN program at Jefferson.